46-year-old man died after choking on a piece of toast

Peter Harley had last been seen eating the toast on the settee at the family’s Heron Cross home.

But two hours later his dad – also named Peter Harley – discovered his son unresponsive on the sofa in the early hours of 12th February

Paramedics attended the Grove Road address and discovered Peter’s airway was blocked. They pronounced him dead at the scene.

A statement from Mr Harley Senior was read out during his son’s inquest at North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court.

He said: “We were watching TV and when I went to bed at 11pm I left him eating a piece of toast sitting on the sofa. I woke up at 1am and went to check on my son as I could still hear the TV downstairs.

“My son was unresponsive with toast stuck in his mouth. I called an ambulance, but I already knew he had gone.”

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as ‘airway obstruction by food’.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service report states: “The patient was found by his next-of-kin having left him sat on the sofa. His airway was obstructed by food. We certified death at the scene.”

Assistant coroner Sarah Murphy concluded Peter’s death was accidental.

She said: “The deceased had a medical history of obesity and hypertension.

“He was last seen alive at 11pm on February 11th watching TV with his father and eating a piece of toast. He found him unresponsive on the sofa at 1am on February 12.

“Paramedics attended and found the airway to be fully obstructed and bread stuck in his right cheek and down into the airway.”



LifeVac saves another life in the care sector!

LifeVac have been informed once again our device has been put to use to save another life from choking to death.

Staff at Lakeveiw Complex Needs Care Home in Manchester put their outstanding training and knowledge to the test when a resident began to choke on food during meal time.

David began to choke during meal time while eating his food, staff recognised David was in difficulty breathing and carried out BLS protocol which failed.

A staff member grabbed LifeVac and used it to dislodge the food from Davids airway saving his life.


Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented “This is great news again, Exemplar Healthcare is our oldest customer. With all the sad news lately in the world regarding the Coronavirus and the shortages with PPE within the care sector, it is nice hearing some good news at last. This is LifeVacs 9th life saved in 4 months when standard BLS has failed or cannot be performed due to underlying conditions such as frailty or disability. A free replacement LifeVac was sent out as standard procedure the same day.”


LifeVac has also recently partnered with The Care Workers Charity for their Coronavirus Care Workers Fund. Eric, MD from LifeVac Europe commented “As LifeVac has already worked with and equipped many of the CWC’s partners it felt only right that we partner with the CWC and help raise as much funds possible to support care workers effected by the Coronavirus. Just enter CWC10 when purchasing a LifeVac via our website and you will receive a discount from your order and 25% of each sale will go to the Care Workers Charity Coronavirus Fund.”

LifeVac will also continue to work with the CWC in the future to help raise funding for their emergency grants.


LifeVac continues to be proud of being the only non-invasive airway clearance device and only airway clearance device with independent peer reviewed verifiable publications, independent medical testing and medical abstracts proving safety, effectiveness and lives saved.

LifeVac Europe partners with The Care Workers Charity for the #Care4Carers Coronavirus Care Workers Fund

The Care Workers Charity (CWC) have set up a coronavirus care workers emergency fund to provide emergency financial aid to care workers who are self-isolating CWC funding link

LifeVac as well as many other companies/organizations have donated to this important fund.

As LifeVac Europe work very closely with the care sector in the UK we wanted to take it a step further to help the CWC raise as much money as possible during this unprecedented time. For every LifeVac purchased via our website using discount code CWC10 we will donate 25% of each sale to the CWC emergency fund. This code will also give our customers a 10% discount on their order.

The Care Workers’ Charity was founded in 2009 with the objective of supporting current and former care workers with one-off crisis grants to help almost 2 million care workers in the UK  contributing to one of the largest workforce’s, and caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Executive Director of the CWC, Karolina Gerlich has a message on this great cause:

LifeVac Europe have worked with and equipped over 3500 care and nursing homes across the UK from small independent care providers to the largest care home provider HC-One. During this privilege we have saved many lives from choking to death when BLS has failed or cannot be performed.

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “Having trained hundreds of care workers around the UK I know how important this fund is to support care workers around the UK who are effected in this unprecedented time. People sometimes forget care workers are on the front line and work very hard to care for people who once cared for us. Being a care worker was already hard enough with daily challenges even before the Coronavirus came.  I have met Karolina quite a few times and her passion for what she does is amazing. It is a privilege to partner with The Care Workers Charity and help raise as much money as possible for the The Coronavirus Care Workers Fund.”.

Just enter code CWC10 in our checkout page and you will receive a 10% discount and 25% will go to this important campaign.