Tongue Swallowed – Colleague Saves Him

Tongue Swallowed - Colleague Saves Him

For between 40 and 50 seconds, Yan Aji Nordbo was sore with his jaw locked on the football field. A teammate who is a nurse was the rescue.

Cohabitants Catherine Tolissen and children Ingrid and Ava Emily are glad that things went well as they did with Jean-Age Nordbo.
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Kristiansand: When something like this happens, you see how important it is to have a good knowledge of first aid. I am very grateful that my fellow nurse acted quickly and efficiently.

That’s what Jan Aji Nordbo, a 29-year-old father of young children, says. On Thursday was the opening of the series for his team, Tobienborg FK, based in Lund in Kristiansand.

The Fifth Division team traveled west to meet Farsund and Lista I. The second half was just beginning, when former second-division player Jan Aage Nordbo got into a duel with a defender from the other team.

Unconscious without breathing

– I was told I was left unconscious on the floor without breathing. My jaw was locked and I swallowed my tongue until there was no air in my lungs. Some people think I could have lost my breath for 40 to 50 seconds, says Jan Aage Nordbø.

It was his teammate Martin Cooper who did the rescue. He is a regular psychiatric nurse and, according to his teammates, showed great energy and calmness.

– When Yan Ag was lying down, the opponent from Farsund was quick with him to see how it went. I also came quickly and saw that he was completely lying down and not breathing. His jaw was locked, and I had to use a lot of force to lift him up, and then he pulled out the tongue that blocked his windpipe, says Martin Cooper.

He doesn’t think he did much, but he garnered a lot of praise from his teammates for his quick intervention.

– I don’t know if I did everything right, but the most important thing is to do something. When someone is not breathing, there is no time to think too much, you just have to act, says Martin Cooper.

Relaxed team captain

Tobienborg FK board member and team captain Arvid Haneborg Rønholt says the whole team is happy that it went so well. He himself witnessed the incident from a distance, and described the duel between the two as not an unusually difficult confrontation between two players.

– We have three nurses on the team, and Thursday’s game showed it was a wish, he says.

Here is a picture of Jan Aage Nordbo when he represented Norway in the UEFA Champions League in futsal (indoor football).
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You don’t remember anything

– I myself do not remember anything from the accident, nor that I was able to leave the field on my feet after I woke up from life. When the doctor in Farsund asked if I was at work earlier in the day, I had to admit I didn’t remember. Only two hours later I realized I had paternity leave, says Jean-Age Nordbo.

The 29-year-old works as a pedagogical leader in the learning workshop of the Preste Kindergarten in Kristiansand.

This weekend, the family visits his hometown of Nessiedal in Telemark.

– If the doctor gives the go-ahead, I hope to be back in the next match, says Jan Aage Nordbø.

The match between Toubenborg and Farsund/Lesta ended with a score of 3-3, after the host team led 3-1 in the first half. Jan Ag Nordbo himself is a little upset because this was his first league game in two years where he didn’t end up on the scorers list.

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