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Heimlich uses his life-saving maneuver for first time… at 96

Cincinnati surgeon steps in as woman chokes on food at his senior living center

Dr. Henry Heimlich talks about his life in 2014 (screen capture: YouTube)
Dr. Henry Heimlich talks about his life in 2014 (screen capture: YouTube)

CINCINNATI — 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 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.”

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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