Thursday, August 17, 2000

Pig Parade: Hamlich Maneuver

Dr. Heimlich's big pig is no choke

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        This is 110th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles and event details at

        “This is art education at its finest,” says Lynn Judd of Loveland, creator of the pig that demonstrates the Heimlich maneuver, devised by Cincinnati physician Henry Heimlich to save choking, drowning and asthma victims.

        Ms. Judd, known for her horse portraits, has done six pigs (Orange Barrow Pig, Pigasus, Pigliacci, Pig Red Machine, Equine Swine, Hamlich Maneuver). “I'm pigged out,” she says. “I'm going back to the horses.”

        Sponsor: The Heimlich Institute.

        This pig's pen: City Hall.

        You were inspired by: Dr. Heimlich looked at my pigs and asked me to do his. He was a participant in the project all the way through.

        What's the pig idea? It is a visual demonstration of how to do the Heimlich maneuver. I painted on the ribs, the way they are shown in cartoons, and we had the arms and hooves placed on the right spot to press. I put the name of the pig on the side because there was such a big blank area there and I wanted to make sure people understood what it was about.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: We wanted to get the message about the Heimlich maneuver across; the apple in the mouth, the blue face, the position of the hands.

        Completing the project took: We took a month, to be sure we had everything exactly correct.

        What's the matter? Dr. Heimlich and I worked with the people at the Glass Hand fabricators to change the lower jaw to fit in the apple and to move the arms and hooves so they were pressing the right spot. The spot is even depressed a bit.

        Your high on the hog was: Just getting to know Dr. Heimlich and learning so much about the importance of his work. He was my treat.

        Pig peeve: No peeves with this one. I had the Orange Barrow Pig knocked over and damaged twice, and the baseball on the nose of the Big Red Machine pig lasted a day.

        Best pig tale: While I was working on this pig, my mother and my sister visited me. My mother told me the Heimlich maneuver saved her from choking, and my sister once performed the maneuver on herself. I was amazed to learn that two people so close to me had been saved by it.

        My favorite pork dish: I eat bacon the most.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Art education. It is a life saver.

        The materials cost: $650.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? Henry Heimlich.


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