Highlanders skipper 'probably saved my life'

Last updated 07:48 28/06/2011

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A Dunedin woman has credited Highlanders skipper Jamie Mackintosh with saving her life when she was choking on a large piece of meat.

Wendy Knight, 44, was dining at the Dunedin Lone Star restaurant when she choked on a large piece of steak, the Otago Daily Times reported.

Mackintosh who was dining with some of his Highlanders team mates on a table nearby then got in behind her and carried out the emergency Heimlich manoeuvre, cracking her rib in the process.

Sporting a wheatbag pressed against her cracked rib, Knight said the Southland prop "probably saved my life".

"I thought I was going to die...I really did," she said.

Mackintosh said he had no medical training but knew what to do when someone was choking.

"I got in behind her and it was like a great big grizzly bear mauling some kind of small animal.

"I obviously buggered it up if I cracked her rib," he said.

Knight said she was now Mackintosh's biggest fan but the same could not be said for meat.

"I don't think I will ever eat steak again," she said.

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