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The Heimlich maneuver was developed by Dr. Henry J. Heimlich in 1974. It is estimated that the anti-choking technique has saved approximately estimated 50,000 U.S. lives, and thousands more worldwide.
Now you can add 87-year-old Patty Ris to the list. She has just sat down to eat dinner with other seniors at a group table in the dining hall of Cincinnati’s Deupree House, a retirement home, when her first bite of hamburger lodged in her throat. She began choking, unable to daw a breath. Luckily, a 96-year-old man sitting next to her jumped up from his chair, grabbed her, and deftly used the abdomen-squeezing maneuver to successfully pop the obstruction our of her windpipe and her mouth.
That 96-year-old man was Dr. Heimlich himself. In all these years, he said, he had never had the opportunity to use the method he devised to save someone who was really in peril.
“I felt it was just confirmation of what I had been doing throughout my life,” he said proudly.
Source: New York Times