California doctor saves choking victim with knife and a straw
September 26, 2013
A Kern county doctor saved the life of a chocking victim by performing a life-saving tracheotomy in a Bakersfield restaurant on Monday evening. [BakersfieldCalifornian]
Kern Community College District board trustee Pauline Larwood was dining at The Mark restaurant with Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield and state Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield when she choked on a piece of meat.
After the Heimlich maneuver failed to open Larwood’s airway, her companions yelled for a doctor.
Dr. Royce Johnson, Kern Medical Center’s chief of infectious diseases, also attempted to clear the airway by performing the Heimlich maneuver, but failed. He then yelled for a knife and made an incision in Larwood’s throat
In town for a medical meeting, Dr. Paul Krogstad knelt next to Johnson, broke a pen like device in half, and then inserted the tube into Larwood who used it as a breathing device.
“He saved my life. I’m so thankful for that,” said Larwood, Kern County’s first female supervisor, to the Bakersfield Californian.