Before, 17-year-old Zack Clements seemed to be in perfect health. But one day while he was running then fell suddenly, he experienced what some would call “miraculous.”
After collapsing of sudden cardiac arrest, Zack was declared dead for 20 minutes before he came back to life. What makes it so remarkable is what happened during those 20 minutes – described in the video above – and the likelihood of it happening.
While sports concussions make headlines, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during sports is the number one killer of teen and youth athletes, writes Dr. Jonathan Drezner for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.
WebMD notes that SCA is not the same as a heart attack, and younger males can be at risk:
According to the Cleveland Clinic, sudden cardiac death kills 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 300,000 athletes under age 35, more often males.
Among the most publicized cases: U.S. Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman in 1986; college basketball player Hank Gathers in 1990; and professional basketball players Pete Maravich in 1988 and Reggie Lewis in 1993.
It goes on to note that the American Heart Association has recommended a 12-step screening process be used for both high school and college athletes.
As for Zack and his family, they hold onto his experience as something drawing them closer to their faith.