Amarillo man died, was brought back to life during church service

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — This week, Jay Brent spoke with myhighplains.com about the day he died. The day was July 11, and Jay was in church at Trinity Fellowship when he died.

Jay loves telling the story.

“I just love it, but it’s so hard to believe it was me. I know he can bring people back from the dead but he brought me back from the dead. It just blows my socks off,” said Jay.

Jay and his wife Chonda were sitting close to the stage during a Thursday night service.

“It was a normal day,” said Jay. “We were going to church, we stopped and grabbed a bit to eat. It was a great sermon.”

Everything was normal until Chonda noticed something was not right with her husband.

“I was gone for all the trauma. She had to put up with all of it.”

Jay Brent

“I looked over at him and his gaze was set,” Chonda recalled. “That’s the only way I know how to describe it.”

Jay does not have the words either.

“The lights went out,” said Jay. “I was gone for all the trauma. She had to put up with all of it.”

Chonda tried not to panic. She began asking the people sitting around her for help.

“I just got down on my knees in front of him and started praying,” Chonda said. “That’s the only thing I knew to do.”

It was at this point someone called for a medic.

I was just pleading with the Lord not to take him.”

Chonda brent

Jarett Warren was on call that night. He was sitting out in the hallway when he heard the pastor say we need a medic.

“They lead me down to Jay, and pastor Larry said we lost Jay,” said Warren. “At that point, I looked a Jay and knew he wasn’t there.”

The congregation began to pray with hands extended in the direction of the Brents. Chonda was praying too.

“I was just pleading with the Lord,” said Chonda. “You know, only God knows what we can and can’t bear, but I didn’t think I could bear that after everything else we had been through in the last year. I was just pleading with the Lord not to take him.”

According to the medic, Jarett Warren, Jay was already gone.

“There’s no palpable pulse,” said Warren. “He was apneic, he wasn’t taking any breaths. He wasn’t breathing. He was dead.”

Warren went to reach around to grab Jay to pull him out to the aisle to start CPR. What happened next was a shock. “He just takes a deep breath and opens his eyes,” said Warren.

The total time elapsed from the moment Chonda begins to ask for help to the announcement that he was back was two minutes and fifteen seconds.

Warren said he has seen a lot in his line of work but he has never seen anything like this.

“It’s divine intervention,” said Warren. “It was the Lord at work and I believe in that with all my heart. In fact, that’s the only way I can make it rational.”

Jay has gone through multiple tests and seen his share of doctors. There are still no medical answers, which is fine by him.

“It’s divine intervention.”

Jarett Warren — Medic

There is one question that he could not get off of his mind. Why didn’t he see anything during those moments when he slipped away? Jay said he asked God about it in his prayer time.

“He just told me I wasn’t ready to see Heaven in that way,” said Jay, “that I wouldn’t have wanted to go back even though it wouldn’t be my choice, but he had plenty of Heaven on Earth for me left. I wouldn’t have been able to live my life knowing I left that behind.”

Jay and Chonda are still hoping they find some answers about his health. One of their doctors wants him to wear something called a loop monitorto track heart activity.

(Original story from myhighplains.com)

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