Houston roofer brought back to life after being struck by lightning


by Tiffany Craig/KHOU 11 News


Posted on October 15, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 11:58 AM

CYPRESS, Texas — A roofer struck by lightning at a Cypress-area school over the weekend was miraculously brought back to life by a quick-thinking co-worker. 

Witnesses say Christian Barrera, 19, was lifeless for several minutes after the Sunday morning lightning  strike in the 16500 block of Dundee Road.

His co-workers roofers were back on the job Monday at the Primrose School of Barker Cypress.

"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 roof.

"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."

Barrera collapsed on the roof after he wa struck. His father, Omar Barrera, was on the job too. He carried his son’s lifeless body over his shoulder.

"The fourth time it cracked Omar went to screaming," said Gamble. "[Christian's] heart was not beating and he was not breathing."

That’s when some old Army CPR training kicked in and Gamble went to work.

"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."

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

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.