(GoFundMe/Support for Brian O’neill)
The man is fighting for his life after choking during a new year’s celebration died on Saturday. Brian O’neill’s story made headlines after a doctor at the celebration performed an emergency tracheotomy with a steak knife in an attempt to open O’neill’s of the airways.
O’neill, 51, was on life-support in Nebraska Medical Center after the rescue attempt. He died in the presence of family, including his wife and high school sweetheart, Joan, and their 20-year-old twin sons, Patrick and Ryan, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
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O’neill voluntary youth basketball and baseball in his parish, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.
When O’neill fell unconscious after choking on a piece of meat on the New Year’s Eve party, five men, including a doctor and an off-duty police sergeant, an attempt to revive him with the Heimlich maneuver before the doctor tried to open the airway with a steak knife.
Friends created a GoFundMe page for the family and raised more than $34,000 to date.