Dramatic moment a Florida woman saves her neighbor’s life using Heimlich maneuver after he choked on a piece of steak and ran to her house for help
- Billy Bass was eating a piece of steak at home near Orlando, central Florida
- He began to choke and ran to his neighbor Karen Aranda’s house for help
- Mr Aranda was able to perform the Heimlick maneuver, saving him in one thrust
Incredible footage shows the moment a panicked man who is choking on streak runs across the road to bang on his neighbors’ door for life-saving help.
Billy Bass was eating a slow-cooked ‘tender’ piece of steak at home near Orlando, Florida, last week when it became lodged in his throat.
Home alone the middle-school PE teacher ran to his nearest source of help, the home of his neighbor Karen Aranda across the street, ringing and banging on the door frantically while struggling to breathe.
After several tense moments Ms Aranda is seen opening the door – immediately realizing that Mr Bass is in a life-or-death situation as he gestures at his throat.
She can be heard stating ‘you’re choking’ before spinning Mr Bass around to perform the Heimlich Maneuver.
Footage from the security camera shows the woman, who is considerably shorter than Mr Bass, successfully dislodging the meat in his throat in one thrust to the abdomin.
She then tells two other people from her household to fetch water and call 911, at which point Mr Bass appeared to have almost fully recovered.
Billy Bass can be seen holding onto the door frame at Karen Aranda’s home as he waits for her to answer the door
Immediately Ms Aranda (left) springs into action and performs the Heimlich maneuver dislodging the meat as a man from the household checks to see it has left Mr Bass’ mouth
Speaking to KSDK News Ms Aranda said: ‘He’s always laughing but when I saw that look in his eye I knew that something was wrong.’
Mr Bass told WESH-TV: ‘I was shaken up, she was shaken up. We just hugged each other, embraced and I said “you saved my life”.’
He called Ms Aranada, who has been his neighbor for 13 years, his ‘wonder woman’ for her brave actions saving his life.