Henry Heimlich, Life-Saving Maneuver Creator, Dies at 96
He once estimated the Heimlich maneuver had saved thousands in US
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 17, 2016 1:05 PM CST
Dr. Henry Heimlich, the surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver for choking victims, has died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was 96.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

(Newser) – The surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver for choking victims has died, the AP reports. Dr. Henry Heimlich died early Saturday at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was 96. His son, Phil, says he suffered a heart attack earlier in the week.

Heimlich was director of surgery at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati in 1974 when he devised the treatment for choking victims that made his name a household word. Rescuers using the procedure abruptly squeeze a victim's abdomen, pushing in and above the navel with the fist to create a flow of air from the lungs. That flow of air then can push objects out of the windpipe and prevent suffocation. Heimlich, a Delaware native, estimated the maneuver had saved the lives of thousands of choking victims in the US alone.

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