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Vacuum cleaner saves man

Date Posted: 1999-04-10

Applying the Heimlech maneuver hadn't moved anything other than a little phlegm, and hitting the elderly man on the back only hurt. With options running out to remove food stuck in the throat of the 80-year-old man recently, the call went out for a vacuum cleaner.

According to a Reuters report, an emergency worker asked the man's granddaughter to insert a vacuum cleaner tube into the man's throat, then switch it on. Remarkably, the food was sucked from the then unconscious man's throat.

"The use of the vacuum cleaner was the absolute last resort," Reuters quoted a local fire official as saying.

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