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We've all been there when we cut off a piece of steak that is arguably too big, but it's just too good and we try to swallow it anyway and nearly choke.
While most of us either spit it back up and chew it some more or force it down, a New Zealander wasn't so lucky and the piece of meat got lodged in his throat.
Izak Bester was enjoying a nice BBQ with his girlfriend and friends at Waimarama Beach, Hawke's Bay, when he suddenly started choking.
His mates immediately started doing the Heimlich manoeuvre, but unfortunately that didn't help the situation and the 50-year-old passed out. He started turning blue, and then purple, and then black and his girlfriend, Sarah Glass, who is also a midwife, knew they were running out of time.
You'd definitely want Sarah around for a situation like this because what she did next is both shocking and impressive.
The hero grabbed a Stanley knife and found a spot just below Izak's Adam's Apple and jammed the blade into his throat for an emergency tracheotomy.
While this might sound like Sarah is doing more harm than good, the small incision that she made allowed Izak to breathe. Their friends also had an oxygen tank handy inside their property, which they used to keep fresh air flowing through his system and performed CPR for 30 minutes until paramedics arrived.
There's no denying that Sarah's quick thinking saved her boyfriend's life. He was placed in a medically-induced coma when he arrived in hospital and stayed in that state for three days.
"We had no choice - it was do that or he was dead," Sarah told Stuff.
"I think anyone could do it if they're looking at someone they care about and it's the only thing that will keep them alive."
Izak had nothing but praise for his missus for her quick and smart work, saying: "She said it was a no-brainer because I was dead already."
Incredibly, he said the only thing that was painful when he was brought out of his coma was a sore chest - not a peep about a casual hole in his neck.
Tracheotomies hark back to Ancient Egyptian days, with the first cases depicted on artefacts dating back to 3600 BCE.
But it wasn't until between the 16th and 18th centuries that surgeons started to use the procedure more as they began to know more about the human anatomy.
Featured Image Credit: St John's New Zealand
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