Here at Changeworks Communications we were delighted to see a small news item relating to a major event in the life of an extremely influential person who has literally changed – and even saved – over 100,000 lives.
Dr Henry Heimlich (yes, the man who invented the Heimlich manoeuvre in 1974) is 96 years old and living in a care home in America. The other day he spotted that a fellow resident of the home was choking on a burger. Without hesitation, Dr Heimlich put his arms around the 87-year-old woman and squeezed her abdomen three times. Happily, the tried and trusted technique worked and the offending piece of meat was no longer stuck in the woman’s throat. Crisis over.