Triad Man Saves A Life With The Heimlich Maneuver

4:32 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, N.C. - Chris Galloway was enjoying a basketball game this weekend at Waldo's Wings when he noticed a lot of commotion. A man was choking on a piece of chicken.

Several people stepped up to help. They tried to do the Heimlich Maneuver, but it wasn't working. So, Galloway stepped in and offered to help. With just one thrust, he managed to force the chicken right out of the man's throat.

"They were hitting the wrong spot. They were willing to help and that was good. But, I just came in and did what I knew to do," Galloway said.

Galloway learned how to do the Heimlich when he worked a local hospital. He says it's easy to learn, but you have to know exactly how to do it right or it won't work.

"To God be the glory. I just felt like I was in the right place at the right time. I thank God that I knew what to do," Galloway said.

Galloway says the man thanked him and his family was also very grateful. He hopes to run into the man again sometime.

The owner of Waldo's Wings told WFMY News 2 she's glad everyone is ok and she's going to encourage her staff to learn the Heimlich Maneuver.

To see a demonstration of how to do the Heimlich Maneuver, click on the video for this story.

The American Red Cross also has a free app that includes information about how to do the procedure and how to react/respond in other emergencies.

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