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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
On the heels of the two-day Valley Fever Symposium -- with hope sparked anew for more research and treatment on the disease -- a dinnertime rescue unfolded.
Monday night's rescue was recounted Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
Doctors and others who had spoken at the summit gathered at The Mark restaurant for dinner. Former County Supervisor Pauline Larwood, who is also an advocate in the fight against valley fever, choked on a piece of meat.
Doctors came to her rescue, and a folding pocketknife and pen were used to perform an emergency tracheotomy.
Californian health reporter Rachel Cook said on "First Look" it was a "very drastic measure" and one doctor she spoke with said he'd never seen it done before in public.