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‘Instinct kicked in:’ Chick-fil-A manager saved life of customer who collapsed in cardiac arrest

CHULA VISTA, Calif. —  Chick-fil-A saves lives. Literally.

A man who went into cardiac arrest at a Chula Vista, California, location was saved in part by Tauya Nenguke, a quick-thinking manager at the restaurant.

Nenguke, 22, was working the drive-thru on the evening of Sept. 11 when he said he noticed someone unconscious next to a car in the parking lot, according to CNN affiliate KGTV.

Security camera footage showed Nenguke ran toward the man in the parking lot, and Nenguke told KGTV that the man wasn’t breathing, and his eyes were rolled back.

Luckily, though, Nenguke wants to go to nursing school, and he’d already taken some pre-nursing classes.

His training kicked in.

“I know this guy was out,” he told KGTV. “I didn’t know how long. I just started chest compressions immediately.”

Nenguke gave the man CPR, teaching the man’s friends to do the same while someone called 911. The group switched off, continuing to give chest compressions until emergency crews arrived.

Later, paramedics said he helped save the man’s life.

It was “like instinct took over,” Nenguke said. “There wasn’t any hesitation on my part. I knew that was the place where God placed me at that time.”

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