Lifesaving dog hailed by son of the doctor who gave the world the Heimlich manoeuvre
Pawsome pup Mollypops has been congratulated by the son of the doctor who gave the world the Heimlich manoeuvre, after she saved her owner from choking to death.
As previously reported on WalesOnline, the pooch leapt into action as terrified Rachel Hayes gasped for air after swallowing a strawberry fruit pastille.
Peter – the son of Heimlich manoeuvre inventor Henry – got in touch after reading our story about the five year old animal.
“Based on the recent news stories, if I’m ever choking I hope Mollypops is nearby!”, the 60-year-old said.
“She’s up to date on St John Ambulance’s first aid recommendations and didn’t hesitate putting her knowledge to good use.”
Rachel admitted she was only alive because of Mollypops.
“She just bashed me on the back with such force that the sweet came up and I was glad that she was there,” the 40-year-old said.
“Everyone in the village has been so supportive of what Mollypops did.
“They have been calling her a little celebrity. I tell them, ‘She might be, but I’m not!’”
Mollypops has remained modest.
“She just takes it all in her stride,” Rachel said.
“I didn’t realise how much publicity Mollypops would get. It’s just a nice little bit of news.
“I just wanted Mollypops to be a hero, because she is a hero in my eyes anyway.”
She was stunned by the global coverage her pet received.
“I was just overwhelmed by the amount of people that saw the story – including Peter Heimlich,” she said.
His complimentary comments left her “so shocked”.
“Someone like him must be really famous and if she has impressed him she must have done the right thing,” Rachel, who lives in Drefach Felindre, Carmarthenshire, said.
“I would like to say thank you very much to him, I’m so glad someone like him has praised Mollypops for what she has done.”
Mollypops was less impressed by events.
“When I showed her the paper with her in and showed her the picture of herself I said, ‘That’s mummy’s little girl.’”
“But she didn’t take any notice she just carried on playing with her squeaky toy.”
Peter urged others to follow Mollypops’ lead.
“One thing everyone can agree on is that it’s important to learn how to respond to choking and other medical emergencies,” he said.
“I’d urge Wales on Sunday’s two-legged readers to follow Mollypops’ example and brush up on your first aid skills – it may help you save someone’s life.”
The Heimlich manoeuvre, which Peter insisted Mollypops did not use, is among a variety of methods used to help choking victims.
“There’s no question the Heimlich manoeuvre – abdominal thrusts – is effective for responding to a conscious child or adult who’s choking,” Peter said.
“But, as the saying goes, science marches on.”
Mollypops probably would not have been impressed by Henry Heimlich’s research into choking.
“The only choking research my father ever conducted was over 40 years ago, when he put chunks of raw hamburger down the throats of four anaesthetised dogs,” Peter said.
“A lot can happen in four decades and since then the international medical community has determined that back blows, abdominal thrusts, and chest compressions are equally effective treatments for choking and that a combination of more than one method can be more effective.”