Davidson County waitress credited with saving woman’s life while working shifts


LEXINGTON, North Carolina (WGHP) – A Davidson County waitress is praised for her act of heroism during her shift.

Tanya Hull said she was working a busy Saturday night at the TarHeel Q BBQ restaurant in Lexington when she noticed a man fighting for his wife’s life.

As she attended to clients, Hull said without hesitation, she quickly ran over to the husband and asked him to take over.

“My first reaction was just, ‘You know what to do, let him do it.’ I actually never had to do it, I trained for it but I never had to, so I just sat down all I had and left, ”said Hull.

Hull said it took three thrusts of the Heimlich maneuver for the woman’s abdomen for food to dislodge from her throat, ultimately saving her life in an instant.

“It didn’t take much, but it was actually good to start seeing her breathe again,” Hull said.

Hull said she learned life saving skills from her sister, who is a nurse. She said she never thought the practice would be used.

Hull said the couple did not go to the hospital and spoke to the family, who said the woman was doing better.

Hull said she was just happy to be in the right place at the right time.

“I can’t imagine how nurses, doctors, paramedics, paramedics, how they feel on a daily basis, being able to do it, so it’s a great feeling, and, just being able to do it once, it ‘is amazing, “Hull mentioned.


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