Girl, 11, saves choking father’s life

Holly Widen
Courtesy: Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – An 11-year-old girl is credited for saving her choking father’s life earlier this year.

According to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Holly Widen quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver on her father at their home in February after he became choked during dinner.

“When it happened, I could barely breathe. It would flutter back and forth. I’d gasp and then stop breathing,” father Jeremy Widen said. “My wife tried three or four times to give me the Heimlich, but that didn’t work.”

Holly quickly sprang into action to help her father who was on the verge of losing consciousness.

“Holly was hovering around the whole time asking to let her try. I don’t know how she got her arms around me, but after three or four [abdominal thrusts], up it came. I don’t know how much longer I would have had before passing out. She saved my life,” Jeremy said.

On March 26, Holly was honored by her school in a surprise ceremony for her heroic actions.

“She was pretty brave,” EMS Chief Marc Rogers said. “Your life-saving actions enabled your dad to dislodge food blocking his airway.”

Holly received a coin and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.

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