In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Dr. Henry Heimlich holds his memoirs prior to being interviewed at his home in Cincinnati. Heimlich is known for developing the Heimlich maneuver that has been used to clear obstructions from the windpipes of choking victims around the world for four decades. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Photo: Al Behrman
Photo: Al Behrman

Dr. Henry Heimlich, inventor of anti-choking maneuver, dies at 96

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The Ohio doctor became a household name in the 1970s after demonstrating an abdominal-thrusting technique that could clear a choking person's airway.

Heimlich was director of surgery at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati in 1974 when he devised the treatment for choking victims, according to The Associated Press. The procedure involves abruptly squeezing a victim's abdomen, pushing in and above the navel with the fist to create a flow of air from the lungs. That flow of air then can push objects out of the windpipe and prevent suffocation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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