At Newport Beach between 40th & 42nd St. on Memorial Day, Zack and three of his friends ran into the ocean and dove into the waves. His body instantly was paralyzed. He was face down in the water.
His buddy, Travis, saw him and thought that he was joking. Then Zack started floating back out to sea and Travis ran to him and turned him over. Zack was still conscious, had held his breath the whole time, and remembers everything.
Zack said, "I can't move." Travis pulled him to the shoreline and ran to get a lifeguard, who then called 911.
Paramedics took Zack to Hoag Hospital (Newport Beach) first and then on to CHOC.
These are the events that took place and we are forever grateful to all the people who helped to rescue and stabilize our son Zack. Thanks to all the support we have gotten through phone calls, visits and prayers. We could not walk through this without you. Thank you GOD for never leaving my side.
Adron Collie (Zack's Dad).