Neida Sandoval with her husband and children – Photo: Neida Sandoval / Courtesy
Neida Sandoval is experiencing one of the most painful and difficult moments of her life. Her husband and father of her twins, David Cochran, passed away at the age of 70.
The journalist herself gave the sad news through her social networks with the following words:
“With deep sadness in my soul I inform you that last night 2/22/22, at 7:10 pm Miami time, where we reside, my beloved husband, David Cochran passed away, at the age of 70.
Although David had been in fragile health for 19 years due to the sequels left by cardiovascular complications following 3 strokes and heart attacks he suffered in January 2003, his death was unexpected and quick. David passed away at our home surrounded by our love and care..
His death leaves us a great void and we ask our beloved God, peace for his soul, and comfort to our hearts saddened by his physical departure. We love you David and we cannot believe that you are no longer with us.
As Neida recalls in these parting words to her husband 19 years ago, she was living one of the happiest moments of her life: she was the news presenter of the most watched show on TV, ‘Despierta América’, she had finally managed to get pregnant and had just had her twins, Ali and Abito with the love of her life. But everything changed when her husband, David Cochran, suffered three right-sided strokes and a heart attack.
A few months ago, on the anniversary of that day that changed both their lives, the Honduran journalist remembered it this way:
“January 13…Impossible to forget you! 19 years ago David collapsed in the kitchen of our house in Miami. It was the morning of January 13, 2003. At that moment our life as a couple and as a family took another course. David was no longer able to carry our twins who were barely 4 and a half months old. Three strokes in the right part of the brain that controls the cognitive area and a heart attack left him immobile in bed and they robbed him of all his learning.
The road has been long… of battles and victories, of setbacks and falls, of moving forward with a smile and the faith that only God can give us! David had suddenly become like a baby, he could not walk, nor show his emotions, nor put on his clothes or take a bath, he could not brush his teeth, nor eat aloneHe forgot how to open a door, drive a car, say I love you, hug us, he had lost the natural ability to laugh or get angry…
The medical forecasts were not encouraging, but a combination of good doctors, excellent therapists, a change in diet, medications administered correctly, care at home, family lovehelp from dear friends and faith in our supreme being Today, 19 years later, David is still here and we are with him..
His gait is slow but his neurocerebral capacity has largely recovered. David can no longer climb mountains and ride horses or display his dancing skills on a country music track!… It has not been an easy road and with the passage of time we must embrace even more our faith, tolerance, love, empathy and compassion.
One of the things I value is that our children Ali and Abito (Aliene Aida and Abener David) have had the privilege of growing up with their father, of sharing valuable knowledge when doing homework together during primary and secondary school, to develop as adolescents a sensitivity to people with special needs and to value family unity and understand that there are no excuses to go ahead conquering your dreams. Thank you for your love and your prayers!”
Rest in peace David Cochran, and much love to Neida and her children.