One lucky woman was just saved by a 96-year-old Henry Heimlich

It was the first time Dr. Heimlich had used his namesake maneuver to save someone's life.

Dr. Henry Heimlich poses with a 5-year-old boy who used the Heimlich maneuver to save a girl who'd been choking on a piece of candy.

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A 96-year-old Dr. Henry Heimlich has performed his namesake life-saving technique for the first time on a choking woman, according to a story and video in the Cincinnati Enquirer. The former chest surgeon, famous for developing the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge objects from the throats of choking victims, said he'd demonstrated the procedure throughout his career, but had never before used it on a person who was actually choking.

Heimlich said he was appreciative of the opportunity he's had "to be able to save all those lives," WLKY reported.

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