True Miracle: Boy Saves His Sister's Life

Editor Adam Hunter shares a remarkable story that is certainly more than coincidence.

by - Posted on Apr 21, 2011

Tristin Saghin was obsessed with the movie Black Hawk Down, the 2001 Ridley Scott film depicting the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. The battle scenes, the dramatic rescues…he enjoyed acting them out.

There was just one problem: Tristin was only 9 years old, and the movie was rated R. When his parents caught him watching, they made him turn it off.

Then one day, Tristin and his family were visiting his grandmother in Mesa, Arizona. Tristin’s 2-year-old sister got out of the house and fell in the backyard pool. Realizing the little girl was missing, the family ran outside, to find the girl floating face down in the water.

It was every parent’s nightmare. Pulled from the pool and laid out flat on the ground, the child wasn’t breathing. The family called 911, but no one knew what else to do.

No one, that is, except for Tristin.

A scene in Black Hawk Down depicted a medic performing CPR. Tristin remembered it, having acted it out before. The 9-year-old gave CPR to his sister…and saved her life.

Was it merely the action that drew Tristin to a movie he wasn’t supposed to watch? Or was it something else?

Have you ever felt drawn to something for a reason you couldn't explain—only to discover later that it had a very important purpose? Guideposts reader Kelli Tillquist did...and like Tristin, what she discovered helped her save a child's life.

Please send your stories to

View Comments