Thursday night at the Capitol Hill Club, Representative Ted Poe had a scary choking incident and was thankfully aided by a doctor-turned-GOP-aide, Nick Muzin, who may have saved his life.
Poe was eating dinner alone downstairs at the Club’s Grill when he began choking on a piece of popcorn. Representative Matt Salmon and an unnamed lobbyist both tried to dislodge the food with the Heimlich maneuver, but were unsuccessful.
Poe was not able to breathe, and Salmon and the lobbyist called 9-1-1 and began to shout for a doctor. Several minutes had elapsed, and the situation was quite serious, witnesses said.
Muzin, coalitions director for the House Republican Conference and also a physician who keeps his medical license active and sometimes practices, rushed over to help. He delivered the Heimlich maneuver, which has to be administered at just the right position and in an upward thrursting manner, helping dislodge the food.
Poe began breathing again and regained his composure, staying to finish his meal. Afterwards he joked to aides that he choked upon learning the score of the congressional baseball game, in which Democrats defeated the Republicans by a score of 22–0.