For Zach Jackson, Monday February 27th, 2012 will be a day he never forgets. After a workout with his team, Jackson felt a feeling he had never experienced before; chest pains and an irregular heartbeat.
Feeling that he was just fatigued from a strenuous workout, Jackson decided to sit down and replenish his body. Yet, the pain persisted.
After a short discussion with his coach, both felt it was imperative that Jackson immediately head to the clinic.
That’s when things turned scary for Jackson.
“I stood up and was going to the clinic and on the way there I just passed out and went head first into the ground,” Jackson said. “The next thing I see is the paramedics looking down on me along with the administration and then I went to the hospital and had IV's in my arm and all that.”
After a series of tests, which included a cat scan and x-rays on his heart, both of which came back clear, Jackson was released from the hospital after an 8-hour stay.
Jackson is scheduled to see a cardiologist either today or Thursday for further X-rays. Doctors told Jackson and his family that his condition could’ve been caused by a combination of the hard exercise and malnourishment.
"They think the cause of it was when I was benching I came down kind of hard on my chest and with me not eating anything,” Jackson said. “Some of it's my fault; it was a real scary ordeal."
For Jackson, who signed with TCU as part of the Frogs’ 2012 class a month ago, the outpouring of support from his family, friends and TCU fans was unbelievable in his words.
"Man, it's unbelievable. I put something out on Twitter saying that I'm going to be okay and stuff like that and people were texting me with numbers I've never seen before saying they're from TCU and saying they're glad that I'm okay,” Jackson said. “The fan support is just unbelievable; I've never seen anything like it. I love my Horned Frog family.
"Coach Haverty called me and we talked about it and the whole coaching staff has been calling me. It's real good to have the support of them behind me.
February 27th will be a day Jackson never forgets and it’s something he and everyone around him hopes he never has to experience again.
"This had never happened, that's why it came as a shock to me. I didn't know what to think of it. I'm glad everything is okay. I just can't wait to get to the cardiologist to see what's really going down,” he finished.