Dr. Henry Heimlich Dr. Heimlich Uses His Maneuver At Retirement Home, Saves 87-Year-Old Woman By Dana Farrington • May 27, 2016 Updated at 7:50 p.m. ET.* Dr. Henry Heimlich didn't hesitate. When a fellow diner started choking, the 96-year-old was ready to perform the maneuver that he invented. Heimlich Maneuver Namesake Pens Memoir By Mike Foley & Associated Press • Feb 17, 2014 The 94-year-old Cincinnati surgeon who wrote the book on saving choking victims through his namesake Heimlich maneuver has now penned a new book.