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Heimlich uses famed life-saving manoeuvre for 1st time — saving woman's life

The 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich manoeuvre recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior living centre.

Retired chest surgeon, 96, saves resident of nursing home

Dr. Henry Heimlich, seen here in 2014, saved a resident of his nursing home from choking by using — for the first time — the life-saving manoeuvre that bears his name. (Al Behrman/Associated Press)

The 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich manoeuvre recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior living centre.

Dr. Henry Heimlich told The Cincinnati Enquirer in an interview Thursday 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 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."

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