At 96, Dr. Heimlich finally uses his life-saving technique

Source: | May 27, 2016 | Kevin Grasha and Bowdeya Tweh

When he heard that a resident was choking, Perry Gaines, maître d’ for the Deupree House dining room, ran toward the table.

Gaines has been trained in the Heimlich maneuver and has performed it at least twice in the two years he has worked at the Hyde Park senior living facility.

When Gaines arrived at the table, Dr. Henry Heimlich, a 96-year-old resident of the Deupree House who invented the famous technique for clearing a blocked airway, was standing behind the woman, ready to perform it.

Typically, a staff member would do it. “But,” Gaines said, pausing, “it is Dr. Heimlich.”

Heimlich, who swims and exercises regularly, was able to dislodge a piece of hamburger that had become stuck in 87-year-old Patty Ris’s airway.

Gaines said the entire room, filled with 125 diners, focused on the table, which was near the center of the room. Ris recovered quickly, and everyone returned to their meals.



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    ConservativeGranny #6538

    Great story!

    EVERYDAY #6541

    An interesting fellow, Dr. Heimlich. He has 4 children. One son is a conservative Christian radio talk show host. Another son has a website which claims his father is a fraud. What that’s about, I don’t know. In addition to the Heimlich Maneuver, Dr. Heimlich also invented a heart valve. He also advocates alternative medicine and malariotherapy — treatment of various illnesses including HIV by infecting a patient with a weakened form of malaria. However, malariotherapy has been rejected by most of the mainstream medical “experts.”

    God bless Dr. Heimlich for saving a life with his technique.

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