British X Factor singer Olly Murs has saved the life of a woman who was choking in a restaurant.

The Wrapped Up singer, who is one of the most successful acts to come out of the X Factor, was having dinner when he spotted a fellow diner was in distress and he rushed immediately to her aid.

Mr Murs, 32, wrapped his arms around the woman’s waist and performed the Heimlich manoeuvre. A piece of food which had become lodged in her airways shot out as he pumped her chest.

In images which have made their way onto social media, the woman can be seen raising her hands and clutching her throat before the food is dislodged. Mr Murs then comforts her as she gasps for air following the terrifying incident.

So far, Mr Murs has not commented, and it is not yet known who the woman was who he rescued. Immediately after the rescue, fellow restaurant goers applauded his actions, while fans immediately took to social media to praise his heroic deed.



One person tweeted “Not all superheroes wear capes @ollyofficial so proud of you.”

While is is not known if Mr Murs has had any first aid training, his quick thinking may have saved the woman’s life. Because choking cuts off oxygen to the brain, it is vital to give first aid as quickly as possible to prevent brain damage or even death.

The NHS advises people to give back blows and abdominal thrusts to anyone who is choking, apart from pregnant women and babies. The advice is to stand behind the person while supporting their chest and leaning them forward before giving five sharp blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of the hand.

If the blockage does not clear, then abdominal thrusts, also known as the Heimlich manoeuvre should be carried out.


Published by Elizabeth

A journalist from the South West of England, Elizabeth specialises in writing about politics, health and technology.