Friday 30 September 2016

Dr Henry Heimlich uses manoeuvre he gave his name to first the first time ever at age 96

Published 28/05/2016 | 10:02

Dr. Henry Heimlich (L), the 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with inventing the life-saving technique named for him, poses with Patty Ris, 87, who he saved this week from choking on a hamburger, at the Deupree House seniors' home in Cincinatti, Ohio
Dr. Henry Heimlich (L), the 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with inventing the life-saving technique named for him, poses with Patty Ris, 87, who he saved this week from choking on a hamburger, at the Deupree House seniors' home in Cincinatti, Ohio

The doctor credited with developing the Heimlich manoeuvre says he used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior living centre.

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Dr Henry Heimlich, 96, said he has demonstrated the well-known manoeuvre 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 Dr Heimlich lives, said the retired chest surgeon was in the room when an 87-year-old woman began choking.

The employee said Dr Heimlich dislodged a piece of hamburger from the woman's airway and she quickly recovered.

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

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