Tuesday 28 January 2020

Healy-Rae cheats death after choking on chicken

Michael Healy-Rae TD. Photo: Tom Burke
Michael Healy-Rae TD. Photo: Tom Burke
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Michael Healy-Rae said he has escaped death for a second time after he "choked badly" on his dinner.

The Kerry Independent TD said: "I was rushing as usual. I was wolfing down my dinner and the next thing I started to choke on my chicken.

"Right away I knew it wasn't good. My wife Eileen was out at the clothes line so I walked out to her and I put up my hand and she realised that something was wrong."

Mr Healy Rae told Radio Kerry that he was able to get some air, but not enough. "My lips and hands turned purple. I knew it wasn't good."

He said someone performed the Heimlich manoeuvre and "I jammed my two fingers as far down my throat as I could. I started to get air in again and I then knew I wasn't going to die."

He warned people to take time over meals and added: "If I was home alone, there's a thin line between living and dying."

This time last year he was attacked by a cow on his family farm. "I'm like a cat with nine lives," he said.

Irish Independent

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