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Marine Saves Okinawan Boy From Choking Death

Date Posted: 2000-09-01

A six year old Okinawan boy was saved from choking to death last Saturday by a Camp Hansen Marine. Errol Manor was attending an Omega Psi Psi fraternity social event when he heard someone say a boy was choking. He looked over to where the boy’s family was gathered around, holding him upside down and hitting him on the back. “It was looking pretty serious” said Manor. “I noticed his lips and fingertips were getting dark and he wasn’t getting any air.” Manor thought the boy was going to die and he needed to do something quickly.

He went over to the family group around the boy. He took him from his father’s arms, stood him up and from behind gave two hard thrusts into the child’s diaphragm. This was enough to dislodge whatever was blocking the boy’s throat. The boy gasped for air a couple of times and began to cough. Manor said he knew then that the child would be all right. The family spoke little English but said “thank you” repeatedly.

The way the child’s throat was unblocked is known as the Heimlich maneuver, which Manor learnt as part of his Marine training. “Now I know the Heimlich maneuver really works” said Manor.

First Lt. Errol L. Manor Jr of Golf Battery, Second Battalion 12th Marines is with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and is Special Operations Capable.

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