Colton lived. More importantly in the days and weeks that followed, Colton began describing to his parents what heaven was like — he went there, he told them, while he was in surgery.
A friend recently shared with me the book "Heaven is for Real" (Thomas Nelson publishers, 192 pages). In it, Todd Burpo does not describe his son’s experience as dying. Rather, Todd correlates it to similar experiences in the Bible where people experienced heaven without dying.