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Alex Malarkey, subject of the best-seller The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, is seen here in a 2009 photo during a visit to the hospital prior to surgery (Credit: The Plain Dealer/John Kuntz)

Alex Malarkey, subject of the best-seller The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, is seen here in a 2009 photo during a visit to the hospital prior to surgery (Credit: The Plain Dealer/John Kuntz)