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Dr. Heimlich, Now 96, Uses His Maneuver for the First Time

The surgeon saved a woman choking on food

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    Dr. Heimlich, Now 96, Uses His Maneuver for the First Time
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    In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, photo, Dr. Henry Heimlich holds his memoirs prior to being interviewed at his home in Cincinnati. Heimlich is known for developing the Heimlich maneuver that has been used to clear obstructions from the windpipes of choking victims around the world for four decades.

    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."