Saturday marks national Heimlich Maneuver Day
By Melinda Zemper
It happened so fast.
Anne Jutt was having lunch with three of her family’s six young children May 15 when six-year-old Will choked on a cherry tomato.
“I told him to cough it out, but he couldn’t. So I performed the Heimlich maneuver twice, but there was nothing,” she said.
The Mason mom performed the Heimlich maneuver one more time. The tomato shot out of Will’s mouth.
“We both cried for a long time. It was the scenario every parent thinks about, but is never prepared for,” said Jutt.
Jutt said she and her husband Mike, a hair care manager at P&G, had taken a general first aid training course when she was pregnant with their first baby a dozen years ago.
“It was the only training I’d ever had with the Heimlich maneuver,” she said. “I know my technique was not perfect, but when I found the right spot, it worked. We are so very thankful for the doctor.”
She means Dr. Henry Heimlich, the Cincinnati thoracic surgeon who developed the Heimlich maneuver in 1974 with a team of Jewish Hospital researchers. Saturday is national Heimlich Maneuver Day.