Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Thank you, Dr. Heimlich! (1920-2016)

The time that Yishai choked

When Yishai was about 18 months old, I laid him down on the changing table one day to change his diaper, and heard a click in his throat. His eyes went wide with fear. I realized that he knew that he was in trouble, and that there was something stuck in his throat.

I followed what I had learned about the Heimlich Maneuver for toddlers as well as I could remember, holding him vertically with his head down and his feet up (he should have been more on a slant), and gave him a whack on the back. A 10 agora coin came flying out.

I then sat and trembled for what seemed like a long time, but probably wasn't.

Thank God, Yishai was fine.

So, thank you Dr. Heimlich for the invaluable lifesaving technique that you gave to the world!

1 comment:

  1. I once had to do it on my youngest, when he was about 3.