MembersHENRY HEIMLICH and the Maneuver that Saved Countless Lives


By Tsvi Sadan |
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Dr. Henry Heimlich describes the maneuver he developed to help clear obstructions from the windpipes of choking victims, while being interviewed at his home in Cincinnati. Heimlich recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center. Heimlich said Thursday, May 26, 2016 that he has demonstrated the well-known maneuver many times through the years but had never before used it on a person who was choking. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) Photo: AP Photo/Al Behrman

At the age of 96, just months before he died, Henry Heimlich used for the second and last time in his life the medical procedure that is today named after him, saving the life of 87-year-old Patty Ris who lived in the same senior citizens’ facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2001, Heimlich performed the procedure on a diner at the Banker’s Club in Cincinnati. He estimated that the lives of 100,000 choking victims were spared through the Heimlich Maneuver.


Henry Judah Heimlich (1920-2016) was born in Wilmington, Delaware to Jewish parents. The family later moved to New York where he spent most of his childhood. In 1943, at just 23 years of age, Heimlich received his M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He went on to become a thoracic surgeon and medical researcher.


In addition to the Heimlich Maneuver, he also invented the MicroTrach device which...

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