SLATON, TX (KCBD) - Xavier Ramirez hopes to play football again for his junior year at Slaton High School.
"It just doesn't hit me that I had a heart attack," he said, "or heart surgery."
Last October, Ramirez collapsed on the field during a game against Brownfield and went into cardiac arrest. He remained in a coma until he underwent emergency heart surgery in Houston.
"It feels like it happened a couple of months ago," he said. "It hasn't even been a year yet."
Xavier remained driven, though, and returned to Slaton about three weeks later with a smile on his face.
Doctors even cleared him to play baseball in March. Most recently, he was cleared to practice with the football team this fall.
"It's been a lot of testing," Xavier said, "and I'm just taking it a day at a time."
Xavier has one more medical test to pass before he said doctors will clear him to play in football games.
"It like checks my heart," he said, "to see if all the arteries are good."
No matter the outcome, Xavier said he continues to have the support of his teammates and community.
"Give it your all, and don't let anyone discourage you," Xavier said. "Just keep going, keep moving forward."