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CAUGHT ON TAPE: This Amazing Device Saved An 11-Year-Old Boy From Choking After Everything Else Failed

October 25, 2023

It’s a quiet Tuesday evening at the Bradshaw household when suddenly, 11-year-old Max rushes into the kitchen with his hands around his throat.

He begins desperately motioning to his father, Peter, who is calm at first. “What’s up, buddy? Are you choking?” he asks.

Max can’t speak. He just waves his hands at his throat. Peter starts slapping Max’s back — gently at first, but then getting heavy. Nothing.

Max can’t even gasp anymore. His face turns blue. His airways are completely blocked.

Max’s mother, Jenifer, rushes in to help. In a panic, they prepare Max for the Heimlich Maneuver…

But it’s completely ineffective.

The object won’t budge.

Max collapses to the floor. His eyes roll to the back of his head and he begins to lose consciousness.

Then Jenifer screams: “Get the choking thing!”

Peter is confused at first, but then it hits him: They have a LifeVac.

In fact, they had just purchased it the month before Max almost died.

Peter used the LifeVac — and saved his son’s life.

Within a few minutes, Max had completely recovered from the incident.

In fact, Jenifer and Max’s sister seemed more shaken up than he was — they had to watch their beloved family member nearly die in front of them.

After reviewing the footage, it’s clear that Peter and Jenifer were both too panicked and untrained to administer the Heimlich properly in that moment of panic… and even if they had practice, there’s no guarantee that it would work.

Sadly, this same situation happens thousands of times every year — but without a LifeVac or trained medical professional on hand, the story almost always ends in tragedy.

Choking is extremely common… and it can happen to anyone, anywhere. In fact, it’s the 4th leading cause of unintentional injury death1.

In this case, the Bradshaws were lucky.

Jenifer had heard about the LifeVac device from a friend who works at a nursing home, and bought one on a whim, thinking it would be worth it for the peace of mind alone.

“I remember reading that LifeVac had saved, like, 800 lives when I bought it*, but I never imagined someone in my family would become one of them,” she says.

“I’m so grateful I bought one on the spot when I heard about it, instead of telling myself I’d get one later because that never happens. Max might not be here if I did that.”

*Note: LifeVac informed us that their device has now saved 1,282 lives as of press time.

If you haven’t heard of LifeVac, now is the time. Even though it became registered with the FDA recently, more than 100,000 people now own a LifeVac — and everyone from school teachers and doctors to firefighters, police officers and more are urging everyone to have one in their home.

What is LifeVac?

How do you use the LifeVac?

Using LifeVac is easy: Place the suction device over the victim’s nose and mouth, push down on the handle to compress the unit, pull up with a swift tug. It is as simple as that.

With one hand, hold both the victim’s jaw and the mask and rapidly pull upwards to remove the blockage.

LifeVac forms a seal around the victim’s mouth, which creates a vacuum. In most cases, the object will be removed on the first pull – but you can repeat this process again if needed.

“I think of LifeVac like a fire extinguisher for choking,” says Jenifer. “You may not always need it, but you should ALWAYS have one.”

And just like a fire extinguisher, LifeVac is ready to be used within seconds. It’s painless and doesn’t require physical strength thanks to its innovative design.

Anatomy of a LifeVac

Each LifeVac “Home Kit” comes with everything you need to save a choking victim with LifeVac – including an adult mask, a child mask, and a practice mask. This means one device is equipped to cover your whole family with adult and pediatric masks.

If you or a loved one spends a lot of time away from the house, like at work or school, you can also add the Travel Kit to your order – perfect for the…

Office Drawer


Child’s Classroom

Who needs LifeVac the most?

Despite its recent release, LifeVac is making waves across the world already. Stories have poured in from families, retirement homes, and restaurants, while thousands of homes have been equipped.

Of course, there’s also real science-backed research behind it. This is exactly why doctors are now strongly recommending LifeVac – especially for…

Pregnant Women

The Obese


Young Children

Living Alone

and those prone to choking.

“Medical professionals, policemen, doctors, teachers, and all other emergency responders are all raving about LifeVac.”

Because virtually anyone can use LifeVac, there’s really no place that shouldn’t have one readily available – LifeVac should be in every home, office, school, daycare center, retirement home, and restaurant!

“New York State Officials recognizing LifeVac for the safety it provides”

“I’m So Thankful For LifeVac — It’s Worth It For The Peace Of Mind Alone”

Since the incident, the Bradshaws have done everything they can to spread the word about LifeVac.

“To be honest, I wish LifeVac didn’t have to exist — choking is horrifying,” says Peter. “But I’m glad it does. It’s going to prevent so many deaths that could have been avoided.”

“But more importantly to me, I feel calm having one around. When someone starts choking, you feel trapped. Your adrenaline rushes, and you wish you had an easy answer – a silver bullet that could make it all go away.”

“I feel so lucky that the silver bullet does exist — and we had one in time. It saved our son’s life. I would give anything for that.”

UPDATE: Here’s where to get your LifeVac at a huge discount!

LifeVac is running a special promotion to make it even easier and more affordable to give LifeVac as a gift.

For a limited time, LifeVac is offering a special deal: when you use the link below, you’ll get a FREE LifeVac Home Kit when you buy 2!

Here’s What People Are Saying About LifeVac...


"Gives me such relief."

My daughter starting to choke the other day on a grape and I realized that I actually had no idea what to do. The LifeVac arrived in only a few days and everything looks great. The unit comes with very clear and simple instructions for use. It makes me feel so much better now that my family’s first aid kit has this in it. I really hope that I never have to use it, but it gives me such relief to know that it’s there if we ever have another choking scare.

"Excellent addition to our family first aid kit."

Purchased this for my young child after a choking scare the other day. Received the LifeVac in a couple of days and am very happy with the purchase. Packaging is great and the unit feels very high quality. It is going to be a great addition to our first aid kit and gives me the peace of mind that I will be able to do something in the event of a choking emergency.

"Needed in every home, every office, every school, every health care facility and on every airplane!"

A much needed tool. Even though I know how to do the heimlich maneuver, I honestly cannot say that I would be able to accurately administer the heimlich in a panicked situation. I love that I don’t have to think, prepare or worry about how I would help someone when choking anymore, because the LifeVac is simple to use and WORKS! Do not hesitate to purchase this. I highly recommend this.

"It could save your life."

I’m 71 years old and while eating breakfast, as I swallowed a piece of pancake lodged in my throat. It was the most terrifying experience of my life. I could not breathe , cough or scream. My throat was locked. By the grace of God someone was home and she did the Heimlich thrust on me and out popped that pancake. She said my face was purple. I crumpled to the floor. I ordered 2 of the “LifeVacs”. I’m afraid it will happen again. If I’m alone, I’m now prepared.

"Awesome anti-choking tool."

I always thought the Heimlich was the most effective way to dislodge something when choking but what happens if I am the one choking and I'm by myself? Or what if the person is too big to get my arms around? The LifeVac simply and easily solves these concerns. I've bought them for friends and have one easily accessible in my home love it!!!

"A lifesaver!"

A nurse friend insisted that I get this product while caring for an older relative! Within the first week, it became necessary! After a frightening few moments, this product thankfully did it's job! Very quick and easy to use! An essential item for homes - especially with elder relatives or young children! Five stars! Highly recommend!


Can LifeVac be used on anyone that is choking?

LifeVac can be used to help protect all family members.

The LifeVac is equipped to use on children as small as 22 pounds or heavier, utilizing the child mask. The adult mask is for use on full-sized adults and seniors. Both the child and adult masks are included in every Home Kit and Travel Kit.

Unlike the traditional Heimlich Maneuver, LifeVac is also effective on those with illness, disorder, medical, or other health-related reasons.

Consult a medical doctor before using LifeVac.

Can LifeVac be used more than once/Can it be reused?

The LifeVac device is a one-time use only apparatus. The product should not be used again for sanitary reasons.

IMPORTANT: If used in a choking emergency and has saved the victim’s life, the unit should be discarded. If this happens we ask customers to contact us at [email protected] to fill out our Saved Life Report. After contact is made, we’ll gladly send you a brand new LifeVac free of charge.

LifeVac can be used multiple times if the obstruction is not dislodged on the first application.

Can I use LifeVac on myself?

Yes! One of the best things about LifeVac is that it can be self-administered (and is highly effective) during a choking emergency.

Do you have proof that the LifeVac will work and is safe to use during a choking emergency?

Great question and absolutely! Clinical studies and 3rd party testing all confirm LifeVac to be highly effective to use during a choking emergency.2 LifeVac has saved 1,282 lives worldwide with no adverse effects.

LifeVac is also endorsed and has articles written by many accomplished medical experts.2

Is LifeVac FDA approved?

LifeVac in the USA is registered with the FDA as a Class 2 Suction Apparatus. As a Class 2 Suction Apparatus LifeVac cannot be “approved”. LifeVac adheres to the highest of FDA requirements.

Can LifeVac be used before the Heimlich?

LifeVac is intended to be used after choking rescue procedures have been performed are unsuccessful. We recommend the Heimlich as the first line of defense standard choking protocol.

Do I need a prescription to order LifeVac?

Thanks to our safe, easy-to-use design and proven effectiveness – you can now order LifeVac without a doctor’s prescription.

Does it hurt the patient when a LifeVac is used?

We’ve spent thousands of hours carefully designing LifeVac to be as comfortable and as safe as possible.

LifeVac is the world’s only non-invasive airway clearing device. Other anti-choking devices are bulky and require you to stick a tube down the patient’s throat, but not LifeVac.

LifeVac uses the power of suction and it’s patented2 one-way valve to dislodge food or objects without the need for a long tube. This makes it easier to use and more comfortable for the patient.

When can I expect my order?

On average our product is delivered within 5-10 business days to anywhere in North America.

Can I get a discount if I order more than one LifeVac?

Absolutely! We created a special offer on this website with discounted bundles so you can order multiple LifeVac devices at the best price possible.

Remember, LifeVac is like a fire extinguisher – having one when you need it is critical. Instead of constantly remembering to bring one with you – have a LifeVac at home, keep one at school or work… so you always have one in case you need it.

Is there a money back guarantee and/or warranty?

Returns will be accepted within 10 days of receipt of the order. Return units must be unopened. Opened units may be returned but only for the reason of a manufacturer defect to the unit or masks.

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