Though being a NH insurance agent may not seem like the most heroic job, no one ever knows when they may find themselves in a situation that demands quick-thinking and a clear-head. That is what confronted Holt Proctor McBriarty Insurance Agency employee, Cathy Magee, earlier today as she was able to perform the Heimlich maneuver on fellow employee, Monica Clearwater, who was choking on a piece of broccoli.
According to Monica, she knew pretty quickly that she could not handle the situation herself and made it a point to find the best person she felt would be capable of helping her quickly. "I was petrified and scared," Monica indicated. "I knew I had to do something because my throat was so tight. I ran to the employee who I thought could best save me."
Cathy indicated that she was definitely scared but knew she had to do something. "I saw Monica and I didn't know what to think," said Cathy. "She looked pretty bad and I was hoping I could just get the food out."
Cathy quickly stood behind Monica and gave her several abdominal thrusts which launched the broccoli from Monica's throat.
Though Cathy has never had any formal training in CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, she does think it is a good idea for everyone to be more prepared because, as we saw this morning, it is easy to panic and not know what to do in an emergency. To see if you would know what to do in an emergency, take the Red Cross "A Co-Worker is in Danger...Could You Save a Life?" quiz.
To see a quick visual on what to do if someone is choking, click this link to a choking poster. For a more detailed description on what to do read the Mayo Clinic's link to First Aid: Choking.
Needless to say, Holt Proctor McBriarty Insurance Agency will be looking into an office-wide safety class. In the meantime we are all brushing up on our first aid skills.
"I am indebted to Cathy forever," Monica said quietly. "She saved my life."