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Near Tragic Event In Littleton, Thurles

Our rural independent correspondent Mr M. Bannon reports on a near tragic event in the village of Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, this morning:-

A father walked into Darmody’s Bar in the village of Littleton to have a lunch time pint with his young son. To keep his son occupied, he gave the young boy three single Euro coins with which to play; to keep him occupied.

Suddenly, the father noticed that the boy and had gone blue in the face and appeared to be choking. Realizing the boy had possibly swallowed one or more of the coins he began to perform abdominal trusts, better known as the Heimlich Maneuver, which as most people are aware is a first aid procedure successfully used to treat airway obstructions caused by the swallowing of foreign objects.

Immediately the boy coughed up two of the Euro coins, but continued to choke on a third object.

A woman, in a blue business suit, sitting nearby, reading her newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee was attracted by the sound of the commotion being made by father and son. Folding her newspaper she places it on a table and made her way across to the distressed couple.
Quickly she drops the boys pants, and taking hold of his genitals, she starts to squeeze and twist, gently at first and then ever so firmly. After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the last one Euro coin. Releasing the boy’s genitals, the woman calmly walks back to her coffee and newspaper, without so much as a remark.

Having checked his son had suffered no ill effects, the father went over to the woman to thank her. “I’ve never seen anybody do anything like that before, you were simply fantastic.  Are you a doctor? “ the father asked.

“No,” the woman replied. “I’m an Income Tax Inspector with the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.”

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