Roofer comes back to life after being struck by lightning

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by Tiffany Craig

KHOU

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 9:36 PM

CYPRESS, Texas —The man struck by lightning while doing work on the roof of a Cypress-area school miraculously came back to life, coworkers say, after he was dead for several minutes.

Roofers are back on the job at the Primrose School of Barker Cypress after a worker nearly died from a lightning strike.

It happened Sunday morning at the small school in the 16500 block Dundee Road.

"It was pretty terrifying," recalled Ed Gamble. "The lightning came probably within seven or eight minutes after I got here."

Gamble was supervising the job and started getting nervous as 20 men worked to finish the job.

"I had just stepped out of my truck and was talking to them about getting down off the roof," said Gamble. "The lightning just hit immediately."

A 19-year old roofer named Christian Barrera was struck and collapsed on that roof.

"The fourth time it cracked Omar went to screaming," said Gamble. "His heart was not beating and he was not breathing,"

His father, Omar Barrera, was on the job too and carried his son’s lifeless body over his shoulder.

That’s when some old Army CPR training kicked in and Gamble saved Barrera.

"I knew that what I was doing was the right thing," explained Gamble. "It was in God’s hands. If he wanted him to live, he would."

Omar Barrera called Gamble Monday morning with the promising news.

"He said that the boy was dead for a few minutes," said Gamble fighting back tears. "His dad thanked me for saving his son. I just wanted to help him, that’s all."

It’s not clear what long term damage was done but witnesses say Barrera was struck in the neck and he had an exit wound at the bottom of his shoe.

Barrera was taken to North Cypress Medical Center and he was later transported to Memorial Hermann Northwest where he is still in critical condition.

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