The inventor of the maneuver used his own life-saving technique for the first time on a woman who was choking on her hamburger.
Dr. Henry Heimlich, the 96-year-old inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, used his own technique for the first time to save a woman who was choking on a piece of hamburger, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
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Heimlich, a resident of a senior living community in Ohio, was sitting next to 87-year-old Patty Ris during dinner on Monday when she began to choke on her hamburger.
Heimlich then performed his maneuver on her and dislodged the piece of meat stuck in her windpipe.
While Heimlich — who invented the technique in the 1970s — had plenty of practice demonstrating the maneuver, Monday was the first time he had ever performed it on someone who was actually choking, he told the Enquirer.
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Perry Gaines, the maître d' for the Deupree House dining room, said that Ris was having one of her favorite dishes, an open face hamburger, when she began choking.
« I felt like I was on stage, » Gaines said in a recorded interview provided to BuzzFeed News. « Everyone stopped eating and everyone was looking at Dr. Heimlich and the maneuver that he was doing. It was totally quiet in the dining room at that time. »
While he has performed the maneuver before, Gaines said Monday was the first time « the person who originated it was doing it before my eyes. »
« It was almost like history was being made. »
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