Thursday, May 8, 2008

Guy Gives Himself A Tracheotomy

FoxNews reports that "An Omaha [Neb] man struggling to breath used a steak knife to perform an at-home tracheotomy.
Steve Wilder says he thought he was going to die when he awoke one night last week and couldn't breath.
Wilder says he didn't call 911 because he didn't think help would arrive in time. So, the 55-year-old says, he got a steak knife from the kitchen and made a small hole in his throat, allowing air to gush in.
Wilder suffered from throat cancer and related breathing problems several years ago. About that time, he had an episode where he couldn't breath because his air passages swelled shut. He says that's what happened this time around.
Doctors don't expect Wilder to suffer any adverse affects from the tracheotomy once it's healed."


ssgreylord said...

Ouch! But the guy did save his own life which is impressive... thanks for reporting. Take care.

Shine said...

I am so glad he did, you know when I was on medicine school our teacher told us, if you are in a restaurant or in your house and someone is chocking to the point you cannot do nothing bu a tracheotomy, just do it! get a pen and take out the tint and the edge of the other side as you get something like a strong straw, then use a knife to make a cut right under the cricoides cartrilege then stick the pen in the orifice with carefull of not going to far to break the posterior part of the traquea, I have always think on that and I think if I had to do it, I will not hesitate on doing it, I think everyone should know how to do it, and many lifes could be saved.
great post!!!

Anonymous said...

Uhm. Not to come off as a wimp, But I would rather pass out and go rather than have a knife stuck in my throat and something stuck in the hole.

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