Zack Clements, a 17-year-old Texas teen, was declared clinically dead for 20 minutes. When he was revived, he had quite a story to tell – one that has stirred equal parts admiration and cries of a hoax. Clements claims he saw Jesus and spoke to the Son of God, who had beaming blue eyes, a thick soft beard and long hair.
Writes People.com: “For 20 minutes on Tuesday, May 5, the day he turned 17, Zack Clements was clinically dead. Today he is alive with no apparent lasting effects from his ordeal. But that’s not even the most amazing part of his story. When he regained consciousness three days later at Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Zack told his parents that he saw Jesus, surrounded by angels.”
“I realized it was Jesus,” said Zack, whose heart failed during football practice. “He put his hand on my shoulder and told me that everything was going to be all right. It made me feel like someone was watching over me and I was going to get through it. Since it happened, I feel like I’m a stronger person.”
The Brownwood teen was rushed to the hospital after collapsing during football endurance sprints. Zack’s principal, Gary Bay, and paramedics worked to revive him. Doctors said Zack’s heart showed a rhythm problem, some inflammation and a slightly abnormal coronary artery.
Adds People: “Once his heart resumed beating on its own, doctors put Zack into a medically induced coma, lowering his body temperature to help his brain recover from the trauma. Dr. Lisa Roten, zack’s cardiologist, and the rest of the medical team were astonished when Zack awakened several days later and was fully aware of his surroundings.”
“The situation was one of the gravest I’d seen,” said Bay, principal of the Christian high school where Zack attends. “If everyone hadn’t worked on him as quickly and efficiently as they did, I’m not sure he would have made it.”
Since Zack’s story went viral, the family has been inundated with interview requests – and commenters calling it a bunch of bunk.
“We’ve had people say he’s lying, or that we gave him a pill before school that day so it would look like he’d gone into cardiac arrest,” said Zack’s dad Billy Clements. “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.”
“He said that he saw a line of angels and in the middle was the prettiest one of all – Jesus,” adds mom Teresa.
Dr. Roten said no one should judge what a patient claims they saw. “As a society, we don’t like to look at what’s going to happen to us after we die,” she said. “It’s an uncomfortable thing. But somebody who is not clinically dead or has not been in that state cannot say what Zack did or did not see. He is somebody who, for 20 minutes, didn’t have a heartbeat.”
The family firmly believes that their son had a divine experience.
“I’m just glad Jesus decided to let me have my baby back,” Teresa said.
A cousin of Zack’s has set up a YouCaring page to help the family raise $20K toward medical bills. As of today, they are halfway to their goal.
The cousin, headlining the page with 2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline – wrote in part:
“Billy & Teresa aren’t asking for ‘poor pitiful me’s.’ They are simply just asking for prayers for their AMAZING son! I am a cousin to Teresa and I am creating this page bc I can’t imagine the types of things that they may incur financially as they don’t know what road lies ahead of them! If you can help in any way ALL of our family would be so grateful!”
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