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Watch the video, in which Ahmet is treated for choking.

Use the information below the video to remind yourself how to help someone who is choking.


Hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades to dislodge the object.

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This creates a strong vibration and pressure in the airway, which is often enough to dislodge the blockage. Dislodging the object will allow them to breathe again.


If necessary, call 999 or get someone else to do it.

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