Heroic waiter saves choking customer’s life

2019-05-03 14:18
Heroic waiter. (Photo: ASIAWIRE/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

Heroic waiter. (Photo: ASIAWIRE/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

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This waiter saved a customer’s life by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre on him when he choked on a piece of food.

In footage captured by a CCTV camera, an unnamed man can be seen choking at a restaurant in the Besiktas district of Istanbul.

A group of waiters run over and one of them tries to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre, grabbing the larger man from behind and squeezing him.

Another waiter, Turgut Dikmen (22), rushes to the scene and expertly performs the manoeuvre, which helps to dislodge the piece of food blocking his airway.

“I was doing my routine job. When I approached the cash desk to file a bill, I realised the man was choking,” Turget said.

“I felt like I had to do something. Using the training I’d received, I reacted properly and saved the life of the customer.

“I don’t even remember properly what happened. I was focused on the man. I just tried to remove the thing that was stuck in his throat and I succeeded.

“It’s a very nice feeling, saving somebody’s life. I hope everybody helps people in need in a conscious way.”

“He conducted the training properly and saved the life of the man,” said Enis Ersavasti, one of the members of the board of the restaurant. “The most important thing for us is that he saved the life of a human being.”

Photo: ASIAWIRE/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA

Ersavasti said that all the restaurant’s employees have gone through the training

“The work safety training is something we greatly appreciate and constantly practise,” he said.  

Turgut will soon be receiving a certificate for his life-saving actions.

Sources: Magazine Features

Photo: ASIAWIRE/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA

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