Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
This morning my friends and I were having ENT lecture as usual. It was delivered by Dr Aly El-Garem (not sure about the spelling, got to check it next time). He was delivering his lecture about larynx and on mentioning the topic of “Foreign Body Inhalation” , Dr Aly told us about a patient he once received, a long time ago.
This patient was a girl, coming with her parents in the morning of Eid. She was choked, grasping hardly for air with cyanosed (bluish) skin. The parents said that all the family members were enjoying their meals that morning when she suddenly choked. There were no other residents around that morning (as it was the morning of Eid). So Dr Aly got to prepare all the things himself. He examined the girl and found that a piece of meat was obstructing her airway. On preparing the instruments to get the meat out, the poor girl died. Innalillah… Can’t imagine how a lovely morning of feast turned into a bad experience for the family.
Dr Aly said that the only thing he could do was the Heimlich Maneuver. But unfortunately, he had not heard about it until 15 years after the incident. I guessed this incident had taken place a very long time ago as I remember learning and practicing this maneuver during my Red Crescent days in my secondary school.
So this is how Heimlich Maneuver is done :
Prevention is always better than cure. So, take care, don’t talk or laugh too much while eating. Begin with Bismillah and end with Alhamdulillah.
p/s: Seeing those patients made me realized how lucky I am to have normal hearing, smelling, vision, breathing and etc…