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A trip to Denny’s becomes a matter of life or death for one man in Rancho Cordova, when he suddenly stopped breathing.

That man is now recovering at a hospital, thanks to the determination of a complete stranger.

Lee Bachtell’s mother had just passed away.

As she pulled into Denny’s, she noticed a man in a motorized scooter.

“He’s slumped over, weird you know. So, I walked over and I looked in his face and it’s blue,” Keith Bachtell, Lee’s husband, said.

“I walked up, felt for a pulse. There was nothing. I said, ‘let’s get him down’,” said Lee.

She started CPR.

Referencing her recently departed mother, Lee said “I’ve lost one, I’m helping to save one. And it just, it just felt right. I had to be here. It was where I was supposed to be. I was led here for some reason.”

A fire station with emergency crews was just three blocks down the street from the Denny’s, but it was in those critical moments that Bachtell made the decision to help save a life.

“(He) had a cardiac event and they had no pulse whatsoever,” Captain Michelle Eidam with Sacramento Metro Fire said. “Somebody that didn’t know them, had never seen them. Knew how to do CPR and started CPR. She jumped right into action … It gives that person the best opportunity to have minimal or limited damage.”

When paramedics arrived, they took the man to the hospital where he is recovering.

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