I also thank God that my brother called the ambulance (without anyone telling him) and they were very impressed that we performed the Heimlich on grandma and saved her life! First thing the paramedics asked was if she ate fish ball. As a tip to those with old parents, fish ball is a number 1 cause of choking and best to be avoided or cut into pieces. Bee hoon and all forms of noodles should to be cut into shorter strips, and better to be served with soup or gravy rather than dry.
When I recounted this to my friends, they asked if I was scared that I would crack my 96-year old grandma’s ribs and make things worse. They asked how I felt at that point in time, and why the nerves did not get to me and paralyse me from action. I wasn’t even aware about that risk! All I knew was that I had to perform the Heimlich Manoeuvre the moment my mum announced that my grandma was choking. I can identify with Diniy in that I was clear in my mind that I was doing what needed to be done. Everything else was secondary.
And on hindsight, I realize the courage to do so, largely came from the fact that I had some knowledge of what to do in such a situation. I thank God I watched that video on the Heimlich Manouvre many years back, which unknown to me, prepared me for such a moment like this.
Preparation and knowledge reduce the uncertainty in such situations and give you courage to take the risks and do what needs to be done.
Don’t procrastinate any longer. Spend a few minutes to watch this video, and be empowered to save a life in future. Godspeed!