Pal proves to be a real life saver in Falkirk college’s canteen

Grant Ralston (right) thought 'wind-up merchant' David Ross was kidding when he began to choke in the Forth Valley college canteen
Grant Ralston (right) thought 'wind-up merchant' David Ross was kidding when he began to choke in the Forth Valley college canteen

A college sports lecturer showed his sharpness by saving a colleague’s life when he saw him choking on a piece of pineapple.

Grant Ralston (36), who teaches at Forth Valley College, thought catering manager David Ross was winding him up when he started to choke while having a conversation with him in the Falkirk campuses canteen at lunchtime last Thursday.

He realised David was in real trouble when his eyes started to bulge out of his head and quickly turned him round to give a Heimlich manoeuvre (abdominal thrust).

Grant, a former lifeguard with first aid experience, said: “I don’t usually go into the canteen so I suppose David was quite lucky I did that day.

“I really thought he was winding me up because he always does, but it became clear he really was choking to death. That’s one he owes me.

“I just put my arms around his ribcage from behind and performed a wee action to force him to spit out the food that was making him choke.

“These first aid techniques are really simple and easy to learn and they could save a life. They also help you keep calm and prevent you from flapping and that is very important.”

David said: “I really can’t thank him enough for saving my life. First aid skills such as these really are important and I am just grateful he was able to help.

“I was tucking into a bit of pineapple for my lunch when I began to choke. I thought I was for it until Grant did his first aid manoeuvre.”