96-Year-Old Heimlich Saves Woman In First-Time Use Of Namesake Maneuver

In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Dr. Henry Heimlich describes the maneuver he developed to help clear obstructions from the windpipes of choking victims, while being interviewed at his home in Cincinnati. Heiml... In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Dr. Henry Heimlich describes the maneuver he developed to help clear obstructions from the windpipes of choking victims, while being interviewed at his home in Cincinnati. Heimlich hopes his recently published memoir will preserve the technique that has made his name a household word. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) MORE LESS
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CINCINNATI (AP) — The 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich maneuver recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center.

Dr. Henry Heimlich told The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1U0lAx2) in an interview Thursday he has demonstrated the well-known maneuver many times through the years but had never before used it on a person who was choking.

An employee at the Deupree House in Cincinnati where Heimlich lives says the retired chest surgeon was in the room when an 87-year-old woman began choking. The employee says Heimlich dislodged a piece of hamburger from the woman’s airway and she quickly recovered.

Heimlich says it made him appreciate how wonderful it has been “to be able to save all those lives.”

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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