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At 96, Heimlich performs his own maneuver

cincinnati.comMonday might not have been the first time Dr. Henry Heimlich performed his namesake medical procedure on a live choking victim.

But the woman who survived the incident said she’s thankful the 96-year-old Cincinnati resident sprung into action on her behalf.

Heimlich told The Enquirer Thursday his encounter with Patty Ris at the Deupree House senior living facility, where they both live, was the first time he ever performed it on a person needing immediate aid. However, several published reports in the early 2000s from news outlets ranging from the BBC to the Chicago Sun-Times show interviews with Heimlich describing himself using the maneuver. In one interview, he said he helped a man at the former private dining club, the Banker’s Club, in Downtown Cincinnati in 2001.

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