Movie manoeuvre saves choking woman
Published 17/02/2010 | 08:59
A waitress has told how she helped save the life of a choking customer by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre which she learnt from watching the movie Mrs Doubtfire.
Tina Anchor stepped in when 70-year-old Jean Boys began to choke on a piece of steak at The Farmhouse restaurant, Portsmouth.
After three attempts at using the abdominal thrust procedure, she managed to dislodge the stuck food and enabled the customer to breathe again.
The 47-year-old said she had only learned about the Heimlich manoeuvre from a scene in the 1993 film where Robin Williams performed it on Pierce Brosnan.
She told the Portsmouth News: "I've seen Mrs Doubtfire so many times before, it was almost like the scene from that, someone choking in a restaurant.
"Everyone asked me afterwards if I'd had medical training but I haven't. I just said "I've probably been watching too much Mrs Doubtfire'."
Mrs Boys said: "I am so lucky she was there."