Ethics Hero: Fate, Providence, God, Luck, Mr. Irony, Chancey McCoinky-DinkFace, Or Whoever Was Responsible For This Story, Because It’s WONDERFUL

I love this story. It is just what I needed. I have been smiling for hours, and though my website is going through a slump, my business is at a critical juncture, my nation faces an uncertain future, everything seems to be spinning out of control, and I’m still fat, bald and frustrated by unfulfilled ambitions, hopes and dreams…damn. It is a wonderful world, isn’t it?

The Heimlich maneuver was developed by Dr. Henry J. Heimlich in 1974. It is estimated that the anti-choking technique has  saved approximately estimated 50,000 U.S. lives, and thousands more worldwide.

Now you can add 87-year-old Patty Ris to the list. She has just sat down to eat dinner with other seniors at a group table in the dining hall of Cincinnati’s Deupree House, a retirement home, when her first bite of hamburger lodged in her throat. She began choking, unable to daw a breath. Luckily, a 96-year-old man sitting next to her jumped up from his chair, grabbed her, and  deftly used the abdomen-squeezing maneuver to successfully pop the obstruction our of her windpipe and her mouth.

That 96-year-old man was Dr. Heimlich himself. In all these years, he said, he had never had the opportunity to use the method he devised to save someone who was really in peril.

“I felt it was just confirmation of what I had been doing throughout my life,” he said proudly.



Source: New York Times

11 thoughts on “Ethics Hero: Fate, Providence, God, Luck, Mr. Irony, Chancey McCoinky-DinkFace, Or Whoever Was Responsible For This Story, Because It’s WONDERFUL

  1. Wonderful it is! I have to share this story with my husband, now.

    A lovely video, too. I’d never heard the spoken introduction. That was one of my mother’s favorite songs. I’ve bookmarked that!

    • No offense, Fatty, but I think I’ll try a way that is less…strenuous…to get a free meal from Lonestar (actually, we are closer to a Texas).

  2. Wonderful story.
    On your self-reflection of valid concerns, but specifically the impact of this website, stay the course, Jack. I don’t comment much but, like all those addicted to some variety of pabulum, I so look forward to your daily servings and the myriad of responses they generate. The reactions-from thoughtfully succinct to viscerally meandering-are educational and entertaining. I’ve learned a lot and continue to learn from the meanderings of Ethics Alarm. So, stay the course, Jack.
    Enjoy the weekend with family and friends. And, take a moment to look past the image in the mirror. The sight beyond the reflection should make you smile.

  3. It is the best story! And that spoken intro by Louis Armstrong is a treat. Thanks! Peace to you and yours this holiday weekend, Jack

  4. Jack, you’re right. This was a wonderful story indeed. I’ll not only send that along to my family, I find myself smiling as I think about it. The song doesn’t hurt either.

  5. Lesson to be learned, here. Learn all you can…you may never get a chance to use what you’ve learned or you may get to use it only once, but what if you didn’t know how to use it at all? And it was something really important, like the Heimlich? Or, like how to be ethically alarmed? Stay with it, Jack. I’ve learned more useful stuff from you than I ever did from the University of Texas.

  6. The part about a 96-year-old jumping up out of his seat was the cake I nearly choked on; the name of the rescuer was the icing on it. What a nice treat!

    • When Robert Ripley was alive and drawing, this was the kind of coincidence he loved to publicize. Like Robert Lincoln being at the scene of his father’s deaths and the shootings of both Garfield and McKinley.

  7. Thank you, Jack.

    Lately I have been constitutionally unable to get up early as in the past turn on the news or look at the paper. It starts my day with anxiety, anger, and frustration. So, I whip out my Kindle and watch either the documentary “Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny,” or the movie “The Gathering Storm,” with Albert Finney’s brilliant portrayal of Churchill. My hero of the 20th century, Churchill — and the Brits during WWII for that matter — remind me of the indominability of the human spirit, and the fact that my personal challenges are not so great, and that nations have weathered far greater storms than we are facing now.

    Think I’ll add “Wonderful World” to the early morning attitude-adjustor for the day.

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