BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A noted California doctor is being called a hero after performing an emergency life-saving tracheotomy on a community leader who was choking on a piece of meat.
The Bakersfield Californian reported that the dramatic procedure occurred Monday at The Mark restaurant in downtown Bakersfield when Kern Community College District board trustee Pauline Larwood began choking on her food at dinner.
Witnesses say after the Heimlich maneuver failed to open Larwood’s airway, Dr. Royce Johnson, Kern Medical Center’s chief of infectious diseases, used a friend’s pocket knife to make an incision in her throat and inserted the hollow cylinder of a pen to use as a breathing tube.
The procedure was successful as Larwood was rushed to a local hospital.
Her son said Tuesday that Larwood was doing fine.