Rand Paul Saves Senator Joni Ernst’s Life

(TargetDailyNews.com) – U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky found himself pressed into service on November 30th to save the life of a colleague who was choking on her meal at a Senate luncheon.

Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa was hosting the weekly luncheon in which senators offer a menu of traditional foods from the state they represent. According to Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the menu featured what he called “big pork chops,” along with creamed corn, coleslaw, and beef sandwiches.

Senator Ernst began to choke on something that blocked her airway completely. Immediately picking up on the problem, Rand Paul, an eye doctor, quickly performed the Heimlich Maneuver on his colleague, dislodging the item of food and allowing her to breathe again, thus saving her life.

In surprisingly good humor after her brush with mortality, Ernst posted on Twitter that one could not help but “choke on the woke policies” that Democrats are “forcing down our throats.”

Paul’s humanitarian act apparently melted some of the frost in the bitterly divided political body. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, is no fan of his colleague Rand Paul. Nonetheless, he remarked, “Thank God for Rand Paul,” noting humorously that he never thought he’d utter such a statement.

Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) rose to say that Joni Ernst’s brush with death illustrated the need to have all senators trained in the Heimlich Maneuver. She said the scare prompted conversation among senators with many of them relating similar stories about loved ones who would have choked to death if not for someone who knew the procedure and saved their lives.

The Heimlich Maneuver is well-known to most Americans who ever attended public school, at least those older than Generation Z. Instruction in the lifesaving technique was commonly taught to middle-school-aged children in health class. It involves approaching the choking person from behind and reaching around to the front of the abdomen, just below the rib cage. While making a fist with one hand, then covering the fist with the other hand to provide extra force, the rescuer squeezes their arms inward, firmly pressing the fist to push on the victim’s diaphragm. This compresses the remaining air in the lungs, forcing the food to pop out of the victim’s trachea like a cork from a bottle.

It is estimated that the technique, developed in 1974 by American doctor Henry Heimlich, is credited with saving about 100,000 people from death.

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