Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Wire Barbecue Brush Bristle Stuck in Throat

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Wire Barbecue Brush Bristle Stuck in Throat

Article excerpt

Scott Sawyer

Reporter

Fast facts

If choking, bend as far forward as possible, cough forcefully to dislodge object.

Don't let anyone slap you on the back if you're upright, object may slip down trachea.

- tips: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

AN INNOCUOUS bite of chicken could have cost a Gladstone grandmother her life after a post-New Year's feast landed her in surgery in Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Nicky Conza underwent surgery on Saturday, after the incident which took place last Thursday, when the New Year's Day leftovers were being tucked into.

Mrs Conza said she had just bitten into some chicken when she felt something sharp in her throat, and suspected she had swallowed a chicken bone.

"We were eating leftovers of barbecued chicken and a piece of wire brush used to clean the barbecue must have detached and become embedded in the chicken which then became lodged in my throat," she explained.

"I just thought it was a chicken bone. …

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