A Retired Doctor Fills in for a Busboy and Saves a Customer's Life

Doctor practising Heimlich manoeuvre

This might be the most overqualified restaurant employee ever. A woman named Alina Benge works as a waitress in Winnetka, Illinois, just north of Chicago. And the restaurant where she works needed a busboy at the last minute on St. Patrick's Day so she asked her DAD to fill in. His name is Dr. Bill Benge and he's a Harvard-trained cardiologist who recently retired. So apparently he had nothing better to do and it's a good thing he said yes. Because five minutes after clocking in, he saved a woman's LIFE. A female customer started choking so Bill stepped in, did the Heimlich maneuver, and it worked. Someone called 911, paramedics checked her out, and she was fine. She even finished her meal. When Bill originally agreed to fill in as a busboy, Alina joked that he could also help out if there was a medical emergency. So it's crazy it actually happened. Bill says he hopes the story inspires other people to learn the Heimlich maneuver because you don't need to be a doctor to do it.



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