Nurse saves man who stopped breathing in Walmart

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WATCHUNG -

A Plainfield nurse sprang into action on her way to school Thursday, reviving a man who suffered a medical emergency and stopped breathing.

Shakeyda Myers, a licensed nurse, works overnight shifts at a physical rehabilitation center and is going to school to become a registered nurse while raising five children.

Myers, who was waiting in a Somerset County Walmart checkout line with her daughter, saw a man standing next to her fall to the ground.

She rushed over to the man and rolled him on his left side. He wasn't breathing, and Myers couldn't find a pulse.

Myers then dialed 911 and started doing chest compressions.

She says she has no idea for how long she did chest compressions before police arrived. Myers and the officers took turns continuing compressions and used a defibrillator to try and get the man's heart started.

Watchung police say officers arrived to find the man with a faint pulse and labored breathing.

EMTs arrived after police and took the man to a hospital.

Police say medical privacy laws prevent them from saying who the man was or releasing his condition.

Myers says the experience validates her career choice.

She says she's worked in prisons and assisted other nurses in reviving people, but never had anything like this happened to her.

Myers also says that after she gets a bachelor's degree in nursing, she wants to work as an emergency room nurse.

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