KANSAS CITY, Mo. – What started off as a romantic first date ended up being a life-threatening emergency. Thankfully the man’s date ended up saving his life.

Janie Hall met her date online. She drove 2-and-a-half hours to meet him in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Oh we had a great conversation,” Hall told WDAF. “Just, he’s full of life! He had so much to say and so many great things to offer!”

The two finished their meal at the Cheesecake Factory and were still seated long after their meal was boxed up, enjoying their time together.

Then, all of a sudden, things took a turn.

“He coughed three times, stood up, and just fell face first into the floor,” Hall told WDAF. “His entire body was stiff.”

Hall, a healthcare professor and former respiratory therapist, jumped into action, getting some help from a waitress.

“She helped me roll him over,” recalled Hall. “We determined together that he didn’t have a heart rate.”

The two started CPR as someone else called 911. By the time paramedics arrived, the man’s pulse had returned.

Hall said she felt like it was fate that she and the waitress, Becca, were with her date at the right time.

“That’s where the goose bumps begin,” said Hall. “We were not supposed to be at that restaurant. She was at the end of a shift that had offered to cover for somebody else. She was not supposed to be at that restaurant. The chances of us being at a restaurant that was two-tenths of a mile away from a hospital.”

Hall says her date is recovering and has already asked for a second date.

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Man’s heart stops beating on first date; date’s quick thinking saves his life

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