A Georgia Chick-fil-A employee jumped into action and saved the life of a young girl after she heard the child’s mother screaming for help in the drive-thru.
Mom Liliana Leahy stopped at her local Chick-fil-A restaurant in Newnan with her daughter Theia on her way to the grocery store, she wrote in a Facebook post on Monday, 11Alive reported.
While waiting in the drive-thru line, Theia suddenly began making choking noises in the backseat, Leahy said.
Terrified, she jumped out of her seat and ran to help her daughter, whose eyes were filling with tears as she motioned that she had something stuck in her throat.
“I have learned before to help in this situation, but I froze and panic sets in, so I screamed for help,” Leahy wrote in the post.
Immediately, a Chik-fil-A worker ran over to help and began performing the Heimlich on Theia.
Sure enough, a coin flew out of the girl’s mouth.
“It was like less than a couple of minutes but felt like forever,” the mother said.
Chick-fil-A staff, who have a reputation for being among the friendliest fast food workers in the country, then gave Theia ice cream after she asked for some.
After the terrifying ordeal, Leahy asked friends on social media to help track down the worker who saved her daughter’s life — an employee named Mia, whom she was able to speak with.
“I can’t thank Mia enough for saving Theia. She was at the right place today and didn’t hesitate for even a second,” Leahy said.