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Man goes into cardiac arrest at Chick-fil-A. An employee races to save his life: 'That was the place where God placed me at that time'
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Man goes into cardiac arrest at Chick-fil-A. An employee races to save his life: 'That was the place where God placed me at that time'

Right place at the right time indeed

California Chick-fil-A employee Tauya Nenguke is a hero after saving the life of a man who'd gone into cardiac arrest outside of his Chula Vista restaurant.

What are the details?

Nenguke, 22, was working his shift last week when he saw someone unconscious in their vehicle through the window of the drive-thru, according to KGTV-TV.

A man had apparently gone into cardiac arrest inside his car. The man's friends were reportedly attempting to perform CPR on the man, but Nenguke said that they didn't seem to know what to do.

"His friends looked more in shock, they didn't look like they knew what to do," Nenguke said.

Nenguke, who is training to be a nurse, sprang into action and ran across the restaurant parking lot to assist.

"[The man] wasn't breathing or anything, his eyes were rolled back behind his head, I know this guy was out," Nenguke told the station. "I didn't know how long, I just started chest compression immediately."

Nenguke performed CPR along with one of the other man's friends until emergency crews arrived on the scene. Paramedics were able to save the man's life.

"There wasn't any hesitation on my part. I knew that was the place where God placed me at that time," he said. "This was honestly a really big calling to be in health care because it was like instinct took over."

What else?

The restaurant featured Nenguke on its Facebook page and expressed its pride in the employee.

A portion of the lengthy posting said, "CFA Hero! Last week while working the drive thru at Chick-Fil-A, our team lead Tauya Nenguke, noticed something suspicious going on across the parking lot. He handed his iPad for orders to one on his co-workers and sprinted across the parking lot to find a man down with his scared friends frantically not knowing what to do."

The post continued, "Tauya immediately took over the situation and started chest compressions on the unresponsive young man before having someone call 911. The man survived and was later taken by paramedics. The EMT stated that if it wasn't for his quick action, this young man might not have survived."

"Tauya has made us proud for his quick action and willingness to help someone who had a need and says the incident was confirmation of his calling to become a RN!" the post concluded.

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