Heimlich maneuver saves candidate
The campaign trail has rough spots, but some are worse than others.
Bob Hislop, one of three Republicans running for the open House District 54 seat, learned that on Wednesday during a campaign event in Cameo with his two opponents, Ray Scott and David Cox.
He said he was waiting to speak to an economic-study group when he choked on a bite of cottage cheese and swig of diet Pepsi.
When the food went down the wrong pipe, he started to cough and then “lockjawed,” unable to speak, Hislop said Thursday.
Linn Armstrong saw Hislop doubled over and asked him if he could speak.
With no answer forthcoming, Armstrong performed the Heimlich maneuver, forcefully clearing Hislop’s breathing passage.
“Now I know what George Bush felt like when he threw up on the Japanese prime minster,” Hislop said, referring to the 41st president.
“I think mine was probably a little more exciting for everybody else than me.
“Linn was Johnny on the spot, and I thanked him profusely.”
Armstrong said he has had occasion three or four times to use the Heimlich maneuver, including once to help his daughter expel a bite of hot dog.
Once Hislop could speak, “He graciously thanked me,” Armstrong said. “I was glad I was able to do it.”