Celebrities Saved by the Heimlich Maneuver

What Do these Celebrities Have in Common?

Cher. Former President Ronald Reagan. Former New York Mayor Ed Koch. Elizabeth Taylor. Goldie Hawn. Walter Matthau. Carrie Fisher. Dick Vitale. News anchor John Chancellor. Jack Lemmon.

What is the connection between these well-known people? Actually, it's a well-known life-saving procedure. Each of these famous people was saved from choking to death by the Heimlich Maneuver®.

Since the Heimlich Maneuver was introduced in 1974 by Henry Heimlich, M.D., it has saved the lives of more than 50,000 people, famous and not-so-famous. In 1985, then U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop endorsed the Heimlich Maneuver as the only safe method for saving a choking victim.

The universally-known procedure is a celebrity itself, appearing in such famous places as comic strips, television shows, movies and, most importantly, the dictionary.