A couple’s honeymoon was ruined when the newlywed bride choked on a chicken tikka masala curry.
Alyson and James Townley, from Cheshire, were celebrating their honeymoon on Tresco, one of Cornwall’s Scilly Isles, when the terrifying episode happened.
Financial controller Alyson thought she was going to die after her first mouthful of curry got lodged in her throat, the Manchester Evening News reports.
James managed to dislodge the chicken by hitting her on the back, although she was still struggling to breathe afterwards.
The 56-year-old had to be picked up by an air ambulance, leaving her stranded from her partner for two days.
The couple got married on September 24 on Tresco and they were enjoying a post-wedding break in a cottage on the island when Alyson started choking on her Indian ready meal.
Business development manager James, 33, called the emergency services and first responders arrived at the scene within five minutes.
A helicopter had to be scrambled to the island to take Alyson to hospital in Truro on the mainland after her oxygen levels dropped.
Unable to go with her due to coronavirus restrictions, James had to wave his wife off – but had no idea he would not see her for almost three days.
Alyson, from Middlewhich, in Cheshire, said: “It was literally the first mouthful of a chicken curry.
“I was talking and eating at the same time and the chicken suddenly got lodged.
“It was really scary. I thought I was going to die.
“James rushed to my aid and hit me hard on the back – he managed to whack the chicken out of me – but I was still struggling for air,” she said.
“Thankfully paramedics arrived within minutes and rushed me to Tresco heliport to board a helicopter to hospital.
“After being checked over, I was allowed to go, but the bad weather and lack of transport on the Sunday left me stranded on the mainland – away from my husband – for two days.
“It wasn’t quite the honeymoon we had in mind, but I’m just relieved I lived to tell the tale.”
The choking had caused Alyson’s throat to spasm and block – but, following blood tests and x-rays to check her lungs, she was discharged the next day.
“They asked me ‘is anyone coming to pick you up?’ I said ‘no I don’t think so my husbands on Tresco island’,” Alyson said.
“That’s when it dawned on me that I might get stuck and not be able to get back to James.”
Alyson was given a piece of paper with instructions of how to get a train to Penzance, and then a ferry back to the island of Tresco – 60 miles away.
But on arriving at the port, she found out she was unable to get across to the island due to the bad weather.
Husband James said: “I was back on the island with no way to get my wife back.
“It was very surreal, I was just constantly trying to find a way to get Alyson back.”
After spending two nights alone in Penzance, Alyson was finally reunited with James.
Following the drama, James said: “We’re looking forward to making the most of the two days we have left here.
“We certainly won’t be forgetting our honeymoon anytime soon.”