Lifesaver Lindsay Spalding hailed for helping choker at Boston Tea Party café in Ringwood
A WOMAN leapt into action at a Ringwood café to save the life of a customer after he turned blue choking on his bacon bap.
Lindsay Spalding – who teaches lifesaving for a living – was hailed for being in the right place at the right time by staff at Boston Tea Party eatery.
"She was amazing," said waitress Courtney Davies (20). "We gave her free meals and cake as a thank-you for her efforts.
"She was sitting right next to the man at the time – he was really, really lucky."
Lindsay modestly told the A&T she was simply glad the man was okay.
"Bless him, he was starting to go blue and I had to whack him on the back five times quite hard and give him abdominal thrusts before the piece of bacon flew out," she said.
The man, who was understood to be 58 and works locally, was sat at a table on the middle floor of the Furlong-based outlet on Wednesday morning when he got into difficulty.
He began to dash towards the toilet while he attempted to free the food.
Lindsay (39), who had gone for a cup of coffee with a friend on her first journey out since lockdown was lifted, noticed and sprang to help.
"I knew straight away he was choking," she said.
"I saw him heading to the toilets while holding his throat – that's what happens a lot with adults, they get embarrassed and try to take themselves away to deal with it when they choke.
"I had to pull him back, and he was trying to take a drink of his coffee.
"But the food was stuck and he was starting to turn blue. It was lodged right in the back of his throat!"
Lindsay has worked as a flight attendant for two decades, latterly for Virgin Airlines, but was furloughed when the first lockdown hit.
As she has extensive lifesaving training, she has since purchased the Fordingbridge and Ringwood franchise of the Daisy First Aid company and teaches lifesaving classes in the local area.
Lindsay advised that if anyone is choking, the best intervention is to hit them on the back between the shoulder blades five times.
If that doesn't work, do five abdominal thrusts, using your hand as a fist.