Honduran journalist and former Univision presenter Neida Sandoval announced Wednesday the death of her husband David Cochran, at the age of 70. – the city where we reside – my beloved husband, David Cochran, has passed away at the age of 70,” Sandoval said.
He indicated that his partner’s health had been “fragile for almost two decades due to the sequelae left by cardiovascular complications following 3 strokes and heart attacks which he suffered in January 2003. The journalist said stated that “his death was quick and unexpected.” “David passed away in our home surrounded by our love and care,” he added.
“His death leaves us with a great void and we ask our beloved God for the peace of his soul and the comfort of our hearts saddened by his physical departure. We love you David and we can’t believe you are no longer with us,” the journalist wrote, receiving hundreds of condolence messages, including from her colleague María Celeste Arrarás. According to People en Español, Neida and her husband had two children: twins Aliene Aida and Abener David, who were 4.5 months old when their father suffered three strokes to the right side of the brain and a heart attack that left him motionless. in a bed and deprived of his learning.
As Neida herself recalls in these words of farewell to her husband, 19 years ago she was living one of the happiest times of her life: she was the presenter of the most-watched show on television, ‘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 that all changed when her husband, David Cochran, suffered three strokes to the right side and a heart attack.
A few months ago, on the anniversary of that day that changed their lives, the Honduran journalist remembered it like this:
“January 13… Impossible to forget! 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 could no longer carry our twins who were only 4 and a half months old. Three strokes to the right part of the brain that controls the cognitive area and a heart attack left him immobile in a bed and robbed him of all his learning.
It’s been a long journey…of battles and victories, of stumbles and falls, of moving forward with the smile and the faith that only God can give us! David had suddenly been abandoned when he was just a baby, he couldn’t walk, show his emotions, dress or wash, he couldn’t brush his teeth or eat on his own, he had forgotten 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 prognoses were not encouraging, but a combination of good doctors, excellent therapists, a change in diet, properly administered medications, home care, love from family, help 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 capacities have largely recovered. David can no longer climb mountains and ride horses or flaunt his dancing skills on a country music track!… It has not been an easy road and in time we must embrace even more our faith, our tolerance, our love, empathy and compassion.
One of the things I appreciate is that our children Ali and Abito (Aliene Aida and Abener David) had the privilege of growing up with their father, sharing valuable knowledge by doing homework together in primary and secondary school, to develop in adolescence a sensitivity to people with special needs and to value the family unit and to understand that there are no excuses to move forward in conquering their dreams. Thank you for your love and prayers!
Rest in peace David Cochran, and much love for Neida and her children.