Before David Beaty moved on from coaching wide receivers at Texas A&M to leading the Kansas football program, he saved the life of a Houston teenager.
Trace Menchaca is a Houston resident and the mother of Max, and she made the heroics of Beaty public in a Facebook post that surfaced on Friday.
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— lea(h) (@leamenchaca) August 26, 2016
Menchaca was at a trampoline park when one ripped and he fell through. But Beaty “literally dove in after him” and stayed with him as Menchaca received medical treatment.
“I believe he saved Max’s life,” his mother, Trace, wrote in the Facebook post.
Despite Beaty’s efforts, Menchaca still suffered seizures and a traumatic brain injury from the accident. She sued National Trampoline Entertainment Center and was awarded $11.5 million. Menchaca’s medical costs reportedly soared into the tens of thousands of dollars.
The Menchacas, who say they are Oklahoma State fans, will be guests of Beaty when Kansas takes on the Cowboys on Oct. 22.
“We are now OSU Cowboys,” Menchaca wrote, “but on that day we will all be wearing blue for the man in blue.”
Her post in full:
TBT: right after Max was pulled up and out of the ripped trampoline that he fell through. It’s hard not to focus on the giant rip, but I want you to meet the man standing there looking down at him, in the blue shirt. We wanted to find out who that onlooker in blue was. When we did…we were shocked.
The man in the blue shirt was in Houston, with his family, visiting. He was there when Max fell into the hole…..and he literally dove in after him. He talked to him, comforted him, reassured him, and held him tight during his grand mal seizures. He dusted off the dirt and filth that was under that canvas that covered Max. I believe he saved Max’s life. In court, he said he took care of Max because he knew Max was someone’s “family treasure”…..he talked to Max about sports and specifically football.
The man in the blue shirt is our hero. He also happens to be the head football coach at Kansas. His name is David Beaty. David Beaty saved my son’s life.
We are honored to be his invited guests at the Kansas v. OSU game in October. What an exciting blessing to get to meet this amazing person. Yes we are now OSU Cowboys, but on that day we will all be wearing blue for the man in blue.