MCLOUD, Okla. (KOCO) -- An Army specialist from McLoud says he "basically died" for nearly half an hour while abroad in Germany and considers it a miracle he's still alive.
Clint Lopez, 21, had almost completed the 2-mile run portion of his physical fitness test when he suddenly collapsed.
"I basically died, well I did die, for about 20 minutes," Lopez told KOCO via Skype.
Specialist Ryan Kellogg saw Lopez collapse and realized he'd stopped breathing.
Kellogg gave him CPR until paramedics took over.
"They shocked me," Lopez said. "About seven shocks later, I finally came to."
Lopez was eventually flown to a hospital in San Antonio. Nobody, though, knows why the 21-year-old with no previous health issues went into cardiac arrest.
When asked what Lopez remembers just before collapsing, he answered, "Easter Sunday" with a small chuckle.
Though he has a humble and astounding sense of humor about his near-death experience, he considers it a miracle he didn't have to leave his wife and 11-month-old son behind for good.
His mother, Penny, said it is all thanks to faith, the Oklahoma standard and the U.S. Army.
"Before I got on the plane in Dallas, I had a moment by myself and broke down and God just said, 'This is his story, it wasn't what you thought all along and he's going to live and he's going to tell his story,'" Penny said.
Lopez will not continue serving in the military since he now has a defibrillator for his heart. He will spend the next several months recovering and plans to come back to Oklahoma to get a college degree.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Lopez.
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