If a person were choking, he or she probably could not even sign his or her name, so how could the person make a precise cut to his or her own throat. If you are choking, you cannot get oxygen into your body, so, even if you stay clam, you only have a few seconds to do anything before you pass out. Finding a sharp instrument, finding the correct place to cut, and then cutting to the right depth would be practically impossible, even for a surgeon, since they are trained to operate on others, not themselves.
When you are with someone who is choking, use the Heimlich Maneuver on him or her. If you are choking, you can do it to yourself by leaning over an object such as a chair.
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