A 12-year-old New Jersey boy had to put a health class lesson to good use. Ramin Eshaghi’s mother was choking, and the boy saved her with the Heimlich maneuver he learned just hours earlier.
Ramin Eshaghi had just learned the Heimlich Maneuver at school when he saw his mother, Maryam Jahanzouz, was gesturing that she was choking. Ramin positioned himself behind his mother for the Heimlich Maneuver, and performed the thrusts that his mother required to save her life. The almond or almond piece that was obstructing her airway was dislodged by the lifesaving technique.
Life threatening signs of choking …
The person cannot speak or cry out, or has great difficulty and limited ability to do speak or cry out.
Breathing, if possible, is labored, producing gasping or wheezing.
The person has a violent and largely involuntary cough, gurgle, or vomiting noise. If there is total blockage, choking victims will have a limited (if any) ability to produce these symptoms because of lack of air movement.
The person desperately clutches his or her throat or mouth, or attempts to induce vomiting by putting their fingers down their throat.
If breathing is not restored, the person’s face turns blue (cyanosis) from lack of oxygen.
Loss of consciousness occurs after any or all of the above if breathing is not restored.
The Heimlich Maneuver involves a rescuer standing behind a patient and using their hands to exert pressure on the bottom of the diaphragm. The technique compresses the lungs and exerts pressure on any object lodged in the trachea, hopefully expelling it.