Utah defensive tackle Seni Fauonuku can now add “life saver” to his resume after literally saving someone’s life thanks to CPR.
Per a report from Dirk Facer of Deseret News, Fauonuku and teammates were hanging out together playing video games at an apartment before hearing someone banging on the door. They answered and were alerted about somebody in a neighboring apartment who was not breathing and needed chest compressions.
Fauonuku entered the apartment and saw a man passed out in a chair all “blue and purple,” as he put it, clearly somebody who overdosed. He started performing chest compressions and, ultimately, the man coughed and woke up by the time paramedics arrived.
Fauonuku shared more details:
“So I dropped down to my knees, starting giving him CPR,” he said. “I was doing it for probably about two minutes and like no response, nothing — the pulse was gone.”
“I did like another two rounds of chest compressions and then all of a sudden he coughed — his eyes rolled back and the color starting coming back to his face,” he said. “And then as soon as that happened, that’s when the paramedics showed up.”
“Once everything settled down, like it finally hit me. I was like ‘wow’ — just right place, right time,” Fauonuku said. “Everything happens for a reason. What are the odds of me knowing CPR and being in that situation?”
Needless to say, Fauonuku, whose mother is a nurse, can now be viewed as someone who is more than just a football player. When push comes to shove, he’s a man, and a great one at that.
Utah looks to get back in the win column against Oregon State at home tomorrow, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET on Pac-12 Networks.
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