The imbibing country clubbers were tooting their New Years Eve miniature
horns, prematurely. An elderly man at the adjoining table is obviously
choking on an under chewed piece of steak,
Jason hollers, “can you talk?” The gasping man shakes his head, “no!” The
Heimlich maneuver fails. Jason yanks the tablecloth and the dishes crash to
He lifts the cyanotic, gasping man to the table with his head extended over
the edge. He remembers Dr Heifer’s words “The most important thing to
remember in performing a tracheotomy is to extend the neck and the trachea
will project forward.”
He grabs a steak knife, makes an incision into the wind pipe below the voice
box and inserts a horn as a make shift tracheotomy tube.
With each breath, the tooting horn improves the color of the man from blue
to pink and ushers in the New Year.