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Kindness of strangers that saved my life

I read the topic with a similar title which reminded me of a situation I was in last summer, choking on a gummy bear whilst on a tram stuck in traffic.

My friend who was with me did not know what to do, he froze as did everyone else/or they were just not interested / did not know what to do - when this man run towards me and asked me in broken English if it was OK that he helped me - I nodded (I was blue in the face by this point and had barely any air coming through my mouth), I was crying my eyes out and then this angel in the shape of a kind man, lifted me up, did the Heimlich, the sweetie went out and I lived ...I was shaking and in tears as I got off the tram, yet he went (to catch another train I suppose) and I never had a chance to thank him properly ...

I would have done the same , if only I knew how to do this manouvre, which I have practiced after the incident.

I can never thank this man enough, he has my blessings for the rest of his life and may he be helped in the hour of his need.

Thought I would share ...
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Re: Kindness of strangers that saved my life

Found myself in a s?it situation about 18 years ago here in Zürich.

Suddenly as stay-at-home Mom with 3 year old, needed to find a solution when OH was no longer on the scene.

To return to IT following a 3 year break was no simple task under normal circumstances. As well as finding myself as a single income parent of a toddler with no other sources of income, savings or family being another potential stumbling block.

Was saved by the Swiss owner of a Kindergarten (rare at those times), who agreed to take my daughter into the school outside of the normal school semester schedule, as well as younger that she usually permitted. She even helped me sort out wonderful child-care outside of the normal Kindergarten hours so that I could work full-time.

She remains a cherished friend even today.
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Found myself in a s?it situation about 18 years ago here in Zürich.

Suddenly as stay-at-home Mom with 3 year old, needed to find a solution when OH was no longer on the scene.

To return to IT following a 3 year break was no simple task under normal circumstances. As well as finding myself as a single income parent of a toddler with no other sources of income, savings or family being another potential stumbling block.

Was saved by the Swiss owner of a Kindergarten (rare at those times), who agreed to take my daughter into the school outside of the normal school semester schedule, as well as younger that she usually permitted. She even helped me sort out wonderful child-care outside of the normal Kindergarten hours so that I could work full-time.

She remains a cherished friend even today.
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Re: Kindness of strangers that saved my life

had a piece of apple stuck in my throat, on the middle ring in Munich, when I realized it was not going to clear I tried sucking it in as an attempt to get air, a tactic that did not work, I stopped the car and thought "this is it, in the middle of Munich´s rush hour with thousands of people around me I am gong to die, I managed to get out only to collapse, I relaxed and in one, maybe the last spasm, I coughed out the bit of apple.
I recovered rapidly only to be honked at by angry motorists for blocking the road.
Nice one humanity, go screw yourself.
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had a piece of apple stuck in my throat, on the middle ring in Munich, when I realized it was not going to clear I tried sucking it in as an attempt to get air, a tactic that did not work, I stopped the car and thought "this is it, in the middle of Munich´s rush hour with thousands of people around me I am gong to die, I managed to get out only to collapse, I relaxed and in one, maybe the last spasm, I coughed out the bit of apple.
I recovered rapidly only to be honked at by angry motorists for blocking the road.
Nice one humanity, go screw yourself.

We could open another thread for the opposite situations , sorry to hear that, suppose they had no means of knowing what had happened to you at that moment - room for thought - think twice before honking!
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I recovered rapidly only to be honked at by angry motorists for blocking the road.
Nice one humanity, go screw yourself.
Not to further derail the OP's uplifting thread, but has anything pleasant ever happened to you? I only know what I read on EF, but...
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Not to further derail the OP's uplifting thread, but has anything pleasant ever happened to you? I only know what I read on EF, but...
Cmon..He's in Malta. It is all about pleasant there. He just doesn't want to constantly rub it in.
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Not to further derail the OP's uplifting thread, but has anything pleasant ever happened to you? I only know what I read on EF, but...
Oh plenty of things, equals out really. Did not want to derail the thread too.
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Re: Kindness of strangers that saved my life

I'm glad you were ok , and some one was there to help ! It's wonderful that you took a CPR course too. I've also taken one, and hope that if I ever have to use it that the outcome is also good.
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Re: Kindness of strangers that saved my life

Maybe this will help someone on the future.

http://www.wikihow.com/Perform-the-Heimlich-Maneuver
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Re: Kindness of strangers that saved my life

The world is actually not so bad...its most of the times our reflection....
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Re: Kindness of strangers that saved my life

There was an uplifting article earlier this year... Dr Heimlich himself, retired and now 96, used the procedure to save a woman in his retirement home
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...t-time-aged-96
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Maybe this will help someone on the future.

http://www.wikihow.com/Perform-the-Heimlich-Maneuver
Thank you for the link. That's so useful.
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Re: Kindness of strangers that saved my life

I think it's worth sharing these instruction which may help if anybody finds themself chocking and alone:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEr9jjZ6fi8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz8M0UTkvSU

I've learned how to do the Heimlich maneuver but this is also worth knowing.
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had a piece of apple stuck in my throat, on the middle ring in Munich, when I realized it was not going to clear I tried sucking it in as an attempt to get air, a tactic that did not work, I stopped the car and thought "this is it, in the middle of Munich´s rush hour with thousands of people around me I am gong to die, I managed to get out only to collapse, I relaxed and in one, maybe the last spasm, I coughed out the bit of apple.
I recovered rapidly only to be honked at by angry motorists for blocking the road.
Nice one humanity, go screw yourself.
I was going to say that if you're choking, and alone, apparently you should throw yourself on the floor, that's what I've heard. Looks like other folk got there first.

Footnote:
I attended the funeral of a 28 year old woman who choked to death this year. She was alone. Her mother is a close friend, and this type of accident is truly a senseless death ...

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Re: Kindness of strangers that saved my life

And if you're in a restaurant and find yourself choking on something, do NOT run to the restroom. This is what most people will do because, frankly, it's a bit embarassing to be in a public space while you are choking on something. But your best chance of survival is that one of the other guests comes to your aid and they won't know to do that if you politely remove yourself from the dining area.
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Re: Kindness of strangers that saved my life

I was also taught that, though when choking one feels that it is extremely urgent, you do still have some seconds to signal to other people what they should do. Therefore, stay in the restaurant as Queen of Cups rightly says, and bang something loudly (crash a plate on the table if need be) to get everyone's attention. Then you still have a few seconds to demonstrate on someone near you the outlines of the Heimlich. That way, you increase the chance that someone in the room will recognise the situation and know what to do.
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Re: Kindness of strangers that saved my life

Recently, on a plane, someone choked on her meal. A woman near her (who evidently did not know what to do, herself) called out: "Help, help! Quickly! Here! Here! Over here!"

An then did something very clever: she raised her hands way above her head and clapped a short, sharp rhythm. Immediately, the passengers right near her, did the same, and copied her clap.

The steward heard the calls and the claps, and when he appeared he could - thanks to the hands in the air - see straight away where the problem was. He dashed there, performed the Heimlich manoevre, and all was well.

I thought children and adults should be taught to raise the alarm this way, especially in a crowd. Very effective.
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Re: Kindness of strangers that saved my life

It's perhaps worth pointing out that abdominal thrusts are generally considered as the second or third course of action in a choking scenario, after first trying to get the victim to just cough it out and then, if not successful, delivering a series of back slaps to help force it out.

http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-...ng-adults.aspx

These steps will often be effective workout having to resort to the more difficult, and potentially injurious (think broken ribs, for example, if you're over-enthusiastic) Heimlich manouevre.

Don't get me wrong, it's a life-saver for sure, but if easier methods will work it's better to try them first.
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There was an uplifting article earlier this year... Dr Heimlich himself, retired and now 96, used the procedure to save a woman in his retirement home
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...t-time-aged-96
Henry Heimlich died 6 months after that article. It's a great story but probably not true. There are several accounts of the first time he performed this procedure, one as a young man of 83 for example.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2825971.stm



The self-administered version may not require throwing yourself on the floor, you can administer the thrust using the back of a chair or table for example.

Curiously, there is evidence that death from acute airway obstruction remains fairly stable after this technique was established.
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