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Dr Heimlich performs the Heimlich manoeuver

By T.K. Randall
May 28, 2016 · Comment icon 11 comments

Heimlich's technique has saved countless lives. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 TenarAiuola
The man who invented the anti-choking technique has for the first time used it himself to save someone.
One of the most simple and effective first-aid techniques ever invented, the Heimlich manoeuver involves performing abdominal thrusts on a choke victim to dislodge the obstruction.

Despite having demonstrated the method numerous times throughout his life, the man himself, Dr Henry Heimlich, had never actually used it to save someone's life... that is until now.

The 96-year-old had been having dinner at the Deupree House retirement home in Cincinnati when he realized that a woman sitting at the table appeared to be having trouble breathing.
"She had a skin colour that was no longer pink," he said. "Her mouth was puffed up and her lips were out.Though I invented the Heimlich manoeuvre I had never been called on to do it before."

Without a moment's pause, Heimlich stood up and used his trademark technique. "I did it three times and a piece of meat with a bone in it came flying out of her mouth," he said.

Thanks to his efforts the woman went on to make a full recovery.

"Just the fact that a 96-year-old man could perform that, is impressive," said his son, Phil Heimlich.

Source: BBC News | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Ozfactor 8 years ago
I saw this on the news this evening , but I missed the part about it being Dr Heimlich . what a wonderful story x
Comment icon #3 Posted by Not Your Huckleberry 8 years ago
Well, it's about time! 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
In an unrelated story, I saw where Bill Clinton performed the famous "Clinton Manoeuvre" on some woman in a receiving line. Funny, I thought he liked younger women, who knew?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Lilly 8 years ago
I've used this twice during my lifetime. Once on my nephew (choking on a grape) and once on my mother (choking on some chicken). Worked like a charm both times. Kudos to Dr Heimlich!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Codenwarra 8 years ago
I've seen it used too, on a man choking in a restaurant.
Comment icon #7 Posted by susieice 8 years ago
I was certified for many years on it but have never had to use it.
Comment icon #8 Posted by unclefred 8 years ago
I used it three times, on a little girl, an older guy and a very obese woman. The fat lady took several thrusts before it worked. The others just one.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ozfactor 8 years ago
I hope I never have to use it , but if I do , unclefred do you have any advice ? are you a health care worker or were the 3 incidents random events ? well done by the way , I am impressed !
Comment icon #10 Posted by BiffSplitkins 8 years ago
That's one funeral ceremony where you wouldn't have to worry about getting all choked up. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Still Waters 8 years ago

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