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Wrigley heartbreak: Woman chokes to death eating hotdog during National Anthem at Cubs game

A 28-year-old teacher died after choking on a hotdog during the national anthem at a Cubs game Tuesday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

“You could see everyone rushing up to the top of the seating with a frantic look on their face. They performed CPR like I’ve never seen,” Brent Olson, an eyewitness, told The Chicago Sun-Times in an email.

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Insensitive Cub Fans

are probably thinking about Steve Bartman again.

I'm a cub fan

And that was the furthest thought from my mind....but obviously not in your mind. SO who is the insensitive one?

OOH

That hurts. Keep on fillings those seats with a bunch of yuppies talking on their cell phones.

Usually the National Anthem triggers my gag reflex...

that appears not to be the case here.

Shame nobody there knew the Heimlich maneuver, CPR isn't going to do much when you are choking to death, if her airway was cleared in time she would've been able to breathe on her own.

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Everyone should learn how to preform

the Heimlich maneuver, you never know when you may need to know how to do it. Once, my dog started to gag. I thought she was going to ralph, so I put her on the tile. After 45 seconds of gagging she keeled over and stopped moving, laying there lifeless. I stood her up on her hind legs and preformed the Heimlich maneuver, and after a few goes, out shoots a golf-ball size amount of half chewed dog food, and abruptly she was walking around my legs tail wagging and all like nothing happened.

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I would up vote you ten if I could

I had the Heimlich done on me once and it saved my life - and I have done it twice on others. It is simple and effective.

Dont be afraid - if someone is really choking(not just coughing, hacking - you will know by the lack of ability to inhale) - just let it rip. I actually broke my dads rib when I did it to him - he was old and a little frail - but hey - he was alive.

Nice job with the dog - my wife took doggy cpr lessons a few years ago. Yup - they have doggy cpr classes. Its not as easy as a person - lol!!

ban hotdogs...

hell ban eating, then no one can choke ever again.

Don;t forget popcorn and apple pie

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. The American culture is deadly.

Ban baseball

It's the only "sensible" solution.

Liquid Diets,

YES.

Well, GEE-ZUS!!! She needed the Heimlich, not CPR!

"They performed CPR like I’ve never seen,” Brent Olson, an eyewitness..."
I hope it was like he'd never seen before because it was not CPR.

That is why I don't go to baseball games. I'm afraid I'd choke to death on the national anthem, even without a hot dog.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

It's those high notes

Wouldn't have happened if she was singing "America The Beautiful".

It does not take long to turn blue when you are choking!

If the right person had been on the scene she still might be alive. This is sad. I once had people hang a person upside down and went in with my finger to sweep the bread out using gravity to help. Maybe just lucky that time but she was PURPLE by then and nothing to lose.

There are not too many in a crowd these days who are thinkers. The crowd was ready to give up on my patient.

I had a creepy incident - the opposite way

My paramedic husband and EMT trained self were at a parade. A little boy got a piece of candy stuck in his throat. He was coughing, and complaining loudly about choking...And a crowd gathered round and a man began to position himself to do the Heimlich. I stepped forward and said "The boy is not choking, let him work it out" and I nearly got lynched.
Everybody know the sign for "I'm choking?" You put your hands around your throat. That sign was developed because choking people CAN NOT SPEAK. Or cough. Or move air at all, that is the problem. My advice at this point: Never attempt to dissuade a well intended mob from making the situation worse.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

Yup - if you can say you are choking - you aint choking

I posted above- I have had the Heimlich done on me. Scary as hell- you CANNOT move any air - which means even a grunt is damn near impossible. Once it has happened to you - it is easy to spot a real choking victim after that - it is the person with a terrified look - eyes screaming for help - color draining and NOT answering you when you ask - are you choking.

In reality - once I realized I was choking - doing the old hand sign was the last thing on my mind - cause by the time you realize it is more serious than just "going down the wrong pipe" - you are already starting to feel the effects of the lack of O2. I just got attention anyway I could - you have to get people to notice.

How to self administer the Heimlich

You bring up an excellent point. First, some black humor... On the life squads, there is (or was) a running joke about people not giving the hand sing, so the medics won't Heimlich them... You re right, choking people are more worried about what their longs aren't doing than what their hands are doing. Even if you remember the signal, what if you are alone? Hard as it will be, DO NOT PANIC. You have minutes to save yourself, and raising your blood pressure and giving yourself an epinephrine dump decrease that time.
Grab a chair with a back and throw yourself on it. Aim for just below the last rib, and slide up a bit as you make contact. Do it like you are into masochism, you are trying to mechanically force whatever air you have left up to the blockage with enough force to eject it, and you cannot afford to be a pussy about it.
Glad the help was there when you needed it!

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.