Dr Heimlich, Whose Maneuver Saved Thousands, Dies at 96
Family Heimlich Maneuver story below.
Back in about 1979 or so, Maddogsbrer learned the Heimlich maneuver in school. That day he came home and was all a twitter about this new life saving maneuver he knew, and the rest of us did not. At dinner, we sat down to steak, roast or something similar, and about half way through dinner littlest Brer looked a bit peaked.
Middle Brer noticed before the rest of us, and began a soliloquy. I don't remember verbatim but it went something like . . . You can tell when a person is choking - they hold their hands around their throat . . . they get red in the face . . . they look at the ground . . . they look panicky . . . they won't say anything because they can't talk, they are choking!
Then he got up, little Brer had already gotten up, and was stumbling around, and said, see little Brer is choking! But I know the Heimlich Maneuver!
He said it like a super villain, which was pretty funny. Then mom realized what was happening, and jumped up in a panic.
The soliloquy continued: You get behind the person choking and hold your hands in their stomach and . . . (he does the maneuver). It doesn't work. He continues the soliloquy: If it doesn't work, the first time, you just do it harder! Mom is in nearly full panic, dad and I are enthralled with the performance. He does the maneuver, it doesn't work. He continues: Then you do it really hard!!!
He does the maneuver so hard little Brer blows a fist size piece of partially chewed meat out of his mouth, it shoots across the table, and splats against the dinette room window. That pretty much ended the show, little Brer was sobbing, mom in panic, dad and I shocked by the size of the clot which shot out of little Brer's mouth. The dinner ended immediately.
I congratulated middle Brer, and he showed me the technique, then we spent about 10 minutes Heimliching each other.
Again, thanks doc, I have two brothers do to your bright thinking!