Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently saved his colleague’s life, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IO), by performing the Heimlich maneuver after Ernst was seen choking on her food.
Paul came to Ernst’s rescue, saving the Iowa lawmaker from what could have been a near-death experience.
CNN reported that the incident occurred during a luncheon for Senate Republicans around 11 a.m. Ernst had been responsible for bringing food from her home state for the luncheon, in what is referred to as fulfilling the duties of the host. Nonetheless, the Iowa congresswoman provided her fellow Senate Republicans with pork chops and ribeye steaks.
As the senators began dining, Paul noticed that Ernst was choking and rushed over to successfully remove the food stuck in her throat by performing the Heimlich maneuver.
Ernst and Paul later addressed the luncheon attendees about the incident, informing them of the Heimlich maneuver’s importance and the different ways one can detect a person choking.
Upon the luncheon’s end, one of Ernst’s staffers told CNN that the Iowa senator had been feeling much better and even poked fun at the incident.
“Can’t help but choke on the woke policies Dems are forcing down our throats. Thanks, Dr. @RandPaul!” Ernst wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) November 30, 2023
After word of Paul’s heroic actions spread, several Republican senators praised the Kentucky lawmaker.
“God bless Rand Paul. I never thought I would say that,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said.
“Rand Paul = HERO,” Sen. Mike Lee wrote on X. “Not all heroes wear capes. Not all senators can quote Mises and Hayek — while saving lives!”
Rand Paul = HERO
Not all heroes wear capes.
Not all senators can quote Mises and Hayek — while saving lives! https://t.co/vZqmUTtXjF
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) November 30, 2023
Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) also celebrated Rand’s actions, telling the Washington Examiner, “It was great that Rand was there.”
Paul has a doctorate in ophthalmology. He graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1988 and went on to complete a general surgery internship at Georgia Baptist Medical Center.
Paul graduated from Duke, specializing in ophthalmology. Years later, he opened his own office, the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, to conduct the practice, offering eye exams and surgery to those in need.
The Kentucky congressman consistently participates in the Children of the Americas Program and travels worldwide to provide needy children with free eye surgeries.