INTERNATIONAL: Inventor of Heimlich manoeuvre, technique that saves choking people, dies

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INTERNATIONAL: Inventor of Heimlich manoeuvre, technique that saves choking people, dies

_89819963_89819956BBC – US doctor Henry Heimlich, who invented the manoeuvre used to help victims of choking, has died aged 96.

Dr Heimlich died at a hospital in the US city of Cincinnati early on Saturday following complications from a heart attack he suffered on Monday, his family says.

Dr Heimlich invented the lifesaving technique, which uses abdominal thrusts to clear a person’s airway, in 1974.

In May he used the technique himself to save a woman at his retirement home.

He dislodged a piece of meat with a bone in it from the airway of an 87-year-old woman, telling the BBC: “I didn’t know I really could do it until the other day.”

Dr Heimlich was director of surgery at the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati when he devised the technique.

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