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Heimlich Maneuver Can Help Drowning & Asthmatic Victims

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:14pm

Henry J. Heimlich, M.D. -- hailed as the creator of the widely used "Heimlich Maneuver," which has saved 50,000 people in the U.S. from choking since introduced in 1974 -- is on a mission to reach all Americans.

Heimlich, still full of passion at age 85, contends that his anti-choking manipulation and thrust also can save drowning victims and asthmatics. Not only that, he insists that you can do the manuever on yourself and save your own life.

The renowned physician/inventor -- whose choking technique has saved Cher, Ronald Reagan, Ed Koch, Goldie Hawn and Elizabeth Taylor -- appears frustrated because he believes people are unnecessarily dying of drowning, because the wrong procedure's being used.

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