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NEWS & VIEWS SPICE BUSINES S Tragedy strikes diner


A VISIT to the Royal Balti House in Farnworth, near Bolton, ended in tragedy for a 51-year old woman who died after choking on her food. Despite efforts by her partner to save her life by attempting the Heimlich manoeuvre, Wendy Peploe suffered a massive cardiac arrest and staff at the Royal Bolton Hospital were unable to save her. Iqbal Bhuiyam, manager of The Royal Balti House, said: “We are all deeply sad, stunned and shocked and want to express sympathy to the family.”


If someone is choking the advice is to stand


slightly behind the person to one side. If you are right-handed, stand to the left. If you are left- handed, stand to the right. Support their chest with one hand and then lean the person forward


so that the object blocking their airway will come out of their mouth, rather than going further down. Give up to five sharp blows between the person’s shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. If this does not clear the airway give up to five abdominal thrusts, which is also known as the Heimlich manoeuvre. This involves standing behind the person who is choking, placing your arms around their waist and bending them well forward. You should then clench your fist and place it right above the person’s navel. Then, place your other hand on top, thrust both hands backwards into their stomach with a hard, upward movement. If the person’s airway is still blocked after three cycles of back blows and abdominal thrusts, you should send for help, or dial 999. n


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