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Teen who went without pulse for 20 minutes says he saw image of Jesus Christ

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FORT WORTH, Texas (PIX11) — A 17-year-old in Texas who went more than 20 minutes without a heartbeat after collapsing during gym class said he saw and image of Jesus Christ just moments before doctors revived him.

Zack Clements, a football player, was running at Victory life Academy in Brownwood, Texas when he experienced sudden cardiac arrest and was rushed to a hospital without a heartbeat, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reported.

Zack Clements, 17, was a healthy high school football player when he collapsed while running during gym class. (Photo: CBS Dallas/Fort Worth)

Zack Clements, 17, was a healthy high school football player when he collapsed while running during gym class. (Photo: CBS Dallas/Fort Worth)

“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,”Clements told CBS.

“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,” he said.

When his mother, Teresa Clements, arrived, he was blue, with doctors on top of him giving him chest compressions. Doctors got a pulse just as they were about to declare him dead, and he was airlifted to a children’s hospital in Fort Worth, where he didn’t wake up until several days later.

It took 20 minutes for doctors to get Zack Clements' pulse back, but he didn't wake up until days later. (Photo: CBS Dallas/Fort Worth)

It took 20 minutes for doctors to get Zack Clements’ pulse back, but he didn’t wake up until days later. (Photo: CBS Dallas/Fort Worth)

Clements family says his fast recovery was nothing short of divine intervention.

“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,” his father, Billy Clements, said.