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Dr. Heimlich Hospitalized

November 5, 1997

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Dr. Henry Heimlich, creator of the Heimlich maneuver used to clear the windpipe of choking victims, was hospitalized after collapsing at a party celebrating his son’s re-election to the City Council.

Heimlich, 77, slumped in his chair but was conscious and apparently alert when he was rushed to Deaconess Hospital, said witnesses at the victory party Tuesday night for Heimlich’s son, Phil.

A hospital spokeswoman said only that Heimlich was being evaluated. A broadcast report said he may have had a diabetic seizure.

Heimlich, a surgeon and medical researcher, developed his method of clearing the air passage of a choking person in 1974. Since 1986, it also has been recommended by the American Red Cross for treating drowning victims.

In recent years, Heimlich has experimented with treatments for cancer and Lyme disease, using a nonfatal form of malaria, and has researched AIDS at Xavier University’s Heimlich Institute.

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