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Son's screams tipped off a hero to save a life

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Posted at 6:58 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 20:05:27-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — If you don't believe in miracles, you will after you hear this next story.

It could have easily had a tragic ending for a family

It began as a day of family fun on this beach just north of Bob Hall Pier.

But for one 7-year-old boy, things suddenly went horribly wrong.

David Ochoa is a man of many talents.

He's a missionary in Africa, he works as a chaplain for a fire department in Colorado and he just happened to be here on vacation.

Suddenly, he heard his son scream.

“He said, ‘Dad, Dad,’ and I turned around.”

What he saw was a little boy washing ashore, not breathing.

Ochoa is trained in CPR, so he knew exactly what to do.

“And I saw this little boy and I grabbed him, immediately and I put him on the shore and I just started CPR on him,” Ochoa said.

People were screaming all around and at times, things did not look well for the little boy.

“And I just kept on, kept on, his lips were blue and his belly was bloated but I didn't, I didn't quit,” he said. “All thanks to God, he's gonna be O.K.”

For that little boy, David Ochoa chaplain and missionary was nothing short of heaven sent.

“Yeah, he started throwing up water and throwing up and so he started to breathe on his own so it was a blessing,” Ochoa said.

A family got their little boy back. Ochoa got the best reward of all. He made that reunion possible.

“Everybody was grateful and thankful,” Ochoa said.

“Oh, big hugs.”

Paramedics took that boy, along with his family, to a local hospital to make sure he's O.K.

David Ochoa told us he learned his CPR skills in the military and has kept them up to date through his work with that Colorado Fire Department.

He says, if you're going to live along the coast, you should take time to learn CPR.