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The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven -- Did He Really Meet Jesus?

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It was November 2004 in rural Hunstville, Ohio when 6-year-old Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin, were in a near-fatal car crash that caused Alex to suffer from an "internal decapitation," where his skull essentially separated from his spine. As a result, Alex became a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic.

Six years later, a book was published about Alex's survival. Titled "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven," the saga recounts that Alex spent time in Heaven after the accident, and was even visited by angels and demons when he emerged from his coma. Selling more than 1 million copies and becoming a New York Times Bestseller, "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven" led the the boom in Christian publishing known as "heaven tourism."

But over a decade later, questions are now arising surrounding the veracity of Alex's claims, including whether they came from his mouth, or from the mouth of an opportunisitc parent.