Published On: Sun, May 29th, 2016

Heimlich, 96, uses his move to save fellow rest home resident

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At Age 96, Henry Heimlich Saves a Life With His Heimlich Maneuver

WASHINGTON: Retiree to the rescue: Dr Henry Heimlich, 96, leapt to the aid of a fellow senior home resident this week, using the maneuver he invented to stop her from choking, US media report.

“I knew about all the lives my manoeuvre has saved over the years and I have demonstrated it so many times but here, for the first time, was someone sitting right next to me who was about to die”.

The opportunity arose on Monday at a retirement community dining room in Cincinnati, where Dr. Heimlich, a 96-year-old retired surgeon, now lives. “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”.

In a video interview provided to the newspaper, the woman says she later wrote a note to Heimlich that said, “God put me in this seat next to you”. “I didn’t know I really could do it until the other day”, he said.

When he heard a resident was choking, he rushed into the dining hall, only to see Dr. Heimlich already at work.

A Cincinnati woman says she was having trouble breathing when the man credited with developing the Heimlich maneuver stepped in to save her life.

Dr Heimlich described how he turned the woman, Patty Ris, around in her chair so her back was exposed.

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“I just felt a satisfaction”, said Heimlich, who has lived in the 120-apartment complex for six years and swims regularly for exercise.

The doctor’s son, Phil Heimlich, told the Enquirer that his father frequently meets people who have used the technique or had it used on them.

The Heimlich maneuver proved successful. “He saw Dr. Heimlich had it under control”, Bryan Reynolds, integrated marketing director for Episcopal Retirement Services, told NBC News. “Because I was gone, I couldn’t breathe at all for a long time”.

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- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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