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Dr. Heimlich saves choking woman with his own maneuver

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 01:33

Dr. Henry Heimlich, the 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with inventing the lifesaving technique named for him, used it for the first time this week to save a fellow senior center resident who was choking on a hamburger. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).

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Dr. Henry Heimlich is the inventor of the lifesaving technique known as the, "Heimlich Maneuver", designed to help choking victims. Although he's demonstrated it countless times, he's never actually used it on a choking person. That was until 87-year-old Patty Ris struggled to breathe during mealtime at their retirement home in Cincinnati. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR. HENRY HEIMLICH, CREATOR OF THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER, SAYING: "She was sitting in the chair and I turned her around, so that her back would be exposed to me, put my arms around her, and pressed. I described it earlier, abdomen over the rib cage, and after three compressions, this piece of meat came out. She just started breathing, her face changed." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PATTY RIS, WOMAN SAVED BY DR. HEIMLICH, SAYING: "I ordered a hamburger and the nex thing I know, I couldn't breathe, I was choking so hard and it's Dr. Heimlich next to me, so he did the Heimlich Maneuver. But it's the first time he had ever done it on a patient, he had always taught people how to do it, but --- did he say this to you? Yeah. So, when I wrote my thank you note for him saving my life I said, "God put me in that seat next to you Dr. Heimlich so you can save my life" - because I was gone. I couldn't breathe at all for a long time." Dr. Heimlich says the feeling is mutual. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR. HENRY HEIMLICH, CREATOR OF THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER, SAYING: "I just, I sort of feel wonderful about it, just having saved that girl and I knew it was working all over the world, I just felt a satisfaction."

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Dr. Heimlich saves choking woman with his own maneuver

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 01:33