The other day an 87 year old woman dining at a retirement home choked on a piece of meat. The 96 year old man next to her at the table promptly administered the Heimlich Maneuver, which dislodged the meat and saved her life.
That 96 year old man also happened to be Dr. Henry Heimlich, who invented the maneuver. It is named after him.
Though his maneuver has been used many times since he developed it in the 1970s, this was the first time Dr. Heimlich himself actually used it on a person in distress.
So how did he feel? "I sort of feel wonderful about it," he said. And so do we all.
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