After failed attempts to dislodge the piece of meat using the Heimlich maneuver, a doctor at the O’Neill’s annual New Year’s celebration performed an emergency tracheotomy with a knife, KETV reported.
The emergency tracheotomy did not exacerbate his condition, doctors told the family.
O’Neill is currently on life support. His brother-in-law, Paul Miller, said he is “a great family guy with two twin boys.”
Hundreds of friends and family gathered on Monday night to pray for O’Neill during a rosary service at a local church.
"You should never leave home without telling everyone you love them,” Mike O'Neill, Brian’s brother, told KETV, “because you never know when something like this is going to happen and if that will be the last time you talk to them. We need your prayers."