Dr. Henry Heimlich, the American thoracic surgeon who invented the Heimlich maneuver (named after him) passed away at 96.
Few people realize that at the time Dr. Heimlich invented his famous maneuver that saves people from chocking, chocking was a common cause of death. Since the introduction of Dr. Heimlich’ technique in 1974 an estimated 50,000 lives have been saved.
Performing the Heimlich maneuver doesn’t require specialized training or equipment, anyone can perform it and save a life.
Ironically, Dr. Heimlich himself didn’t have the opportunity to directly help a chocking person by using his technique until this year when at dinner time a neighbor in the senior community he lived, a lady of 86, begun chocking. Dr. Heimlich took action and yes, saved her life.
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