Zack Clements’ Jesus story has attracted many critics ever since the Texas teen said he saw Jesus in heaven after collapsing from cardiac arrest while on the football field. Victory Life Academy principal Gary Day was a witness to these events, and he is not a skeptic. Instead, the principal believes Clements is one of Jesus’ miracles.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, a recent scientific study claims that out of body and near death experiences are real. A study of 2,600 patients who suffered from cardiac arrest showed that 46 percent of them recall real events that occurred during surgery after being declared medically dead. Since brain function ceases 20 to 30 seconds after the heart stops beating, researchers believe the question of what happens when you die now “merits further genuine investigation without prejudice.”
Zack might be able to attest to the study’s conclusion. The 17-year-old remained without a heartbeat for 20 minutes, so it was almost a miracle unto itself when he abruptly revived right before doctors were ready to pronounce him dead. What amazes everyone about Zack Clements’ Jesus story was his description of what he saw during his near death experience. He recalls being in heaven and he saw a blue-eyed man with a thick beard who was surrounded by angels.
“When I was out those 20 minutes, I saw a man who had long ruffled hair and kind of a thick beard, and it didn’t take me long to realize that that was Jesus,” Zack said. “I went up to him and he put his hand on my shoulder and he told me everything would be alright and not to worry. I was just calm and at peace.”
Ever since going public with this story, the family has come under attack. Zack’s father, Billy, says people claim say his son is lying or that it is a clever hoax. While critics admit that Zack was without a pulse for 20 minutes, which should have been enough for brain damage, the naysayers claim his parents gave him a pill before school so it would only appear like he’d gone into cardiac arrest only to come alive later.
The family rejects the critics’ explanations for what “really happened” during Zack Clements’ Jesus encounter.
“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 Mr. Clements. “People can argue science and logic, but they can’t argue somebody’s personal experience. They can’t take that away from Zack.”
Principal Gary Day can personally attest to what happened during that day. When the principal heard that Zack had collapsed, he rushed to the field to help administer CPR since had once worked as an ambulance crew volunteer. It was one of the “gravest” situations Day had ever seen, and it seemed medically impossible that the boy would survive, so when reporters asked if he believed Zack Clements’ Jesus story the principal replied, “I believe that totally.”
Dr. Lisa Roten was one of the cardiologists who treated the Texas teen. She said Zack was “legally dead for 20 minutes” and they “worried he may have suffered irreversible brain damage.” According to the Brownwood Bulletin, Day claims it was not oxygen deprivation that gave Zack his visions. While the principal is uncertain whether his student actually visited heaven, he has no doubt that Zack “had a visitation from the Lord in such a way that he was able to verbalize it. I’m saying, with the spirit-man within him. There’s no doubt in my mind he had an encounter with Jesus.”
The principal says Zack told his Jesus story immediately after being revived at a Forth Worth hospital. Although it’s a miracle the boy is alive, according to the family’s fundraiser page, he has been in the hospital for weeks. Originally, Zack was scheduled to have surgery to install an internal defibrillator, but then the cardiologist said this was not necessary. The updates says he’s “walking, talking, and eating and gradually gaining his strength back,” and they hope he will be able to return home soon.
“Zack is doing well. We have a follow-up appointment on May 29th in Ft. Worth. Then, June 22, will be another cardiac MRI. Based on what the MRI says in June, he may or may not need the ICD. I am praying and believing he will NOT need it. Thank you all for your love and support.”
To escape death’s clutches without even needing surgery is quite the feat, but principal Gary Day believes Zack Clements Jesus story makes it even more.
“I know he had an encounter with Jesus, and I know that being alive is a miracle,” Day said.
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