Doctor who invented the Heimlich manoeuvre finally uses it aged 96

Doctor who invented the Heimlich manoeuvre finally uses it aged 96

Doctor who invented the Heimlich manoeuvre finally uses it aged 96

When Patty Ris sat down for a meal at the senior living facility she recently moved to, she accidentally picked the best seat in the house.Though she didn’t know it at the time, sitting beside her was Henry Heimlich, inventor of the first-aid procedure designed to dislodge an obstruction from a choking person’s airway with a wraparound bear hug from behind and some abdomen squeezing.Dr Henry Heimlich invented the Heimlich manoeuvre, which has saved countless lives. Photo: Henry J. Heimlich/FacebookThe identity of her fellow diner could have gone unnoticed, but fate intervened.”I ordered a hamburger, and the next thing I know, I could not breathe I was choking so hard,” Ris told the New York Times.Since he developed the technique in 1974, Heimlich said he’d never tried his technique on a real choking person, though he’s simulated his invention for countless students. On Monday — as the 96-year-old enjoyed a meal in the dining room of the Deupree House in the US state of Cincinnati — a chance to put the manoeuvre into action finally materialised.”I saw her face was all stiffened up and her skin was turning dark and she could not speak,” Heimlich told the Times. “Of all things, I knew she was choking.”By the time staffers reached Ris, the doctor had already assumed his position behind her and initiated the manoeuvre.Perry Gaines, the maitre d’, told the Enquirer that staffers would normally intervene, but this time was different.”It is Dr. Heimlich,” he said.Heimlich told the Times that after three squeezes on her abdomen, a small piece of meat with some bone was ejected from Ris’s mouth.”When I used it, and she recovered quickly,” Heimlich told the Enquirer, “it made me appreciate how wonderful it has been to be able to save all those lives.”Gaines said the incident was quickly forgotten, with the room’s 125 diners returning to their meals after Ris’s recovery.Beneficiaries of the technique — which is credited with saving more than 100,000 lives — include Cher, Ronald Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor, G…

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