Patty Ris, 87, was in great peril when she began to choke on a piece of hamburger at the Hyde Park senior living facility. Fortunately, a 96-year-old man stepped out of the crowd and saved her in front of the 125 diners. She then learned that she was in good hands: it was none other than Dr. Henry Heimlich himself.
Maître’d Perry Gaines was heading over the table when he spotted Heimlich reach for the woman. He stepped aside for the creator of the maneuver. It turns out that Heimlich swims and exercises regularly.
The really shocking fact however is that Heimlich has actually only used his technique once before since he invented it in the 1970s.