by Beth Callen | Top Right News
Zack Clements was a strong and healthy 17-year-old boy, and high school athlete. He played football at Victory Life Academy in Brownwood, Texas.
But last week, Zack was running in his PE class when he suddenly collapsed.
His heart stopped, and he was taken to the hospital where doctors did everything they could to revive him. They could not.
Zack was declared dead for a stunning 20 minutes, before he suddenly came back to life.
After regaining consciousness, he described to his family what he saw while he was legally dead.
Clements describes meeting Jesus, who told him “everything will be alright” and not to worry.
His father Billy Clements says he know it’s a difficult story for many people to accept, however for him and his family, it’s the only thing that makes sense.
“For him to wake up and tell us something he experienced like that. It’s just you can’t explain it. It’s not humanly possible to explain it,” said Billy Clements.
Zack’s mother, Teresa Clements doesn’t doubt for a second that what happened to her son was divine intervention. “I’m just glad he decided to let me have my baby back,” she said.
Zack is glad to be back as well. He hopes to return to normal life once the doctors give him the okay.
While sports concussions make headlines, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) (different than a “heart attack”) during sports is the number one killer of teen and youth athletes, writes Dr. Jonathan Drezner for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.
As for Zack and his family, they hold onto his experience as something drawing them closer to their faith.