Lieutenant Brian Murphy, a police officer who was shot in the throat, described to Esquire Magazine what tracheal suction is like: “when they come to suction out your trachea — which sucks beyond belief — you dread it, because you feel like you’re drowning. So when they come in, you just think, I don’t want to do this anymore” (January 2013).

Tessa has gone through it over 30,000 times. My hands shook the first time I did it, and I still exercise utmost caution when I do it after all these years.

Why do we do it? There is no choice. There is no why. You just do it. We hope this video shows that suction is only a part of living.