It is with heavy hearts that we honor the life of Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, who passed away on December 17, 2016. He was 96 years old.
Dr. Heimlich was a hero to many around the world for one simple reason: he helped to save untold numbers of lives for the method he devised to help people who are choking.
The Heimlich Maneuver® enabled people – from young children to seniors – to save the lives of friends, families and total strangers by being empowered to answer their call for help.
Though he was known most for the Heimlich Maneuver®, Dr. Heimlich also invented a device that saved countless lives in the battlefield during the Vietnam War and in the decades since. Today, more than 250,000 Heimlich Chest Drain Valves are used worldwide each year. He also invented the Heimlich Microtrach, a device that allows people who take oxygen to live fuller lives.
The family of Dr. Heimlich requests that people who wish to honor his legacy can do so by making a memorial contribution to the not-for-profit Heimlich Heroes program. The program each year teaches thousands of children how to save lives and in doing so, reaffirms their importance in society.
Dr. Heimlich was a close friend of Deaconess. And, while we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his life. He was a medical pioneer and maverick and we are grateful for his contributions to life-saving, medical advancements that will continue long into the future.
E. Anthony Woods
Chairman of the Board
Deaconess Associations, Inc.