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Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood has been credited with saving the life of a golf tournament director in California who was choking on a piece of cheese. "Clint saved my life," said Steve John, director of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament. The actor reportedly saw that Mr John was in difficulty and performed the Heimlich manoeuvre on him. The actor reportedly saw that Mr John was in difficulty and performed the Heimlich manoeuvre on him. This technique requires a rescuer to carry out abdominal thrusts on a choke victim to dislodge the blockage. "Suddenly, I couldn't breathe. It was as bad as it could have been," Mr John said of the incident at a drinks reception in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Wednesday. "Clint came up behind me, and he knew exactly what to do." The award-winning actor and director told the Carmel Pine Cone that he noticed Mr John had "that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes". Mr Eastwood, 83, moved behind Mr John and carried out the manoeuvre. "I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out," he said. "And then I made him drink a big glass of water with a bunch of lemon squeezed in it." Mr Eastwood, famous for his roles in Westerns and the Dirty Harry detective films, said he had performed the manoeuvre before, but only "to practise". Read the full story here.
Carfin man Tony Donnelly would have died in a matter of minutes without the exemplary first aid provided by staff at his work, Terex at Newhouse.And this week he and colleague David Feeney said a heart-felt thanks to the workers, paramedics and hospital staff who all pitched in to save his life."I am living proof that Terex take health and safety very seriously indeed," said Tony. "I was in hospital in 16 minutes flat, but without that initial aid I don't think I'd be here. Now I am back at work and very grateful for the incredibly efficient way things were handled."Read the full story here.
The Daily Mirror is today reporting that the life of music mogul Simon Cowell was saved by David Williams. Simon was preparing to watch an act in Birmingham when he accidentally swallowed a mint and began coughing and turned red-faced. Both Walliams, and Amanda Holden rushed to his rescue with Walliams in particular dishing out first aid. A studio source at The ICC venue said: "In between watching the auditions Simon was enjoying a mint when all of a sudden it must have got lodged in his throat. He started coughing and spluttering very badly until Amanda and David stepped in."As Amanda sits next to Simon she immediately started hitting him on the back to try and dislodge the mint. "And despite them bickering during auditions, as soon as David noticed his Simon was in trouble he leapt up from his chair to help. He put his all into giving him the Heimlich manoeuvre and seemed to be enjoying it a little too much, while Simon on the other hand looked uneasy, although he was grateful to David for helping him out. "Thankfully the mint got dislodged and Simon was able to continue but he was a bit flustered for the next few auditions. He owes David his life now!" The incident came just a day after he faced a near miss with an 11-year-old knife thrower. Read the full story here.Need to brush up on your abdominal thrusts? The click here.