Senator Rand Paul’s quick thinking and quick action saved the day for Iowa Senator Joni Ernst. The two were having lunch when Ernst started to choke on a piece of food she was eating. Paul immediately leapt into action and used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the food, saving Ernst from an uncomfortable situation.
The U.S. Capitol complex was the scene of Rand Paul’s heroism. The two were having lunch at the Senate Dining Room when the choking incident erupted. According to reports, Ernst’s throat closed up and without hesitation Paul used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the food. The technique is widely used to help clear the windpipe of choking victims, and it has been credited with saving countless lives.
Sources close to the incident have praised Paul’s quick thinking and decisive action. Why he was ready and able to help Ernst is not known, but it certainly appears that his medical training as an ophthalmologist stood him in good stead.
Ernst has since taken to social media to thank Paul for his help and commend him for his knowledge and quick thinking. She said that thanks to his help “I was able to breathe again!”
The incident serves as a reminder that medical emergencies can erupt in unexpected places. While it is impossible to be prepared for every possible emergency, it is important to have a basic understanding of first aid and lifesaving procedures. Paul’s heroic actions show that anyone can be a hero when the need arises.