Interview with LifeVac Founder Arthur Lih:
Dr. Suz Heals: Tell us about your background both personal and your career
Arthur Lih: I grew up and live in Massapequa NY with my wife Lee-Ann and 10 year old daughter Jacquelyn. I worked in the transportation and logistics field for the past 33 years. I co-owned my own freight company for 18 years and we sold it 3 years ago when I began phasing into retirement. These past three years I have spent working on the LifeVac and bringing it to more people in order to save lives. This has been my purpose and passion for the past three years!
Dr. Suz Heals: Can you please explain to us what the LifeVac is?
Arthur Lih: LifeVac is a single use portable suction apparatus that can be used to save the life of a person choking after protocol has failed.
Dr. Suz Heals: What was the inspiration behind creating the LifeVac?
Arthur Lih: I was inspired to invent lifevac after hearing of a child who was 7, the same age as my daughter at the time. The child choked to death on a grape. I was determined to protect my daughter. After researching and finding out how common it is as a cause of death, I persevered to make it first to protect her, than to take it through to production and help others.
Dr. Suz Heals: Where is can we find the LifeVac in use?
Arthur Lih: LifeVac is currently in hundreds of homes, some schools, restaurants, EMT, police and assisted living facilities. My passion is our school system, we documented 3 deaths last year and 20 over the last several years.
Dr. Suz Heals: That is AMAZING and you sound extremely passionate about what you do. How is the LifeVac used?
Arthur Lih: LifeVac is a simple to use BLS apparatus. The mask is placed over the victum after protocol has failed. It is compressed and the patented vale prevents the object from being forced down. The handle is quickly lifted to dislodge the object. The force is approximately three times that of a cough, volume of air is minimal so it is safe and effective.
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You can find out more about Arthur Lih and the LifeVac at https://lifevac.net/