The Heartbreaking Story Of Man Who Has Been Locked In A Machine For Over 60 Years

Heartbreaking Story Of Man Who Has Been Locked In A Machine For Over 60 Years

The early 20th century was dominated by technologies' proliferation, especially in healthcare. One of the era's most successful inventions was the iron lung, which enabled numerous victims of respiratory diseases to breathe again.


Polio, particularly, was treated through the use of iron lungs. While the disease has almost been completely eradicated due to the development of a vaccine in 1955, there were several deadly outbreaks in the 1940s and 50s.


Heartbreaking Story Of Man Who Has Been Locked In A Machine For Over 60 Years

Kids were particularly susceptible to the disease; also, most of the people who required respiratory treatment using an iron lung were kids. However, very few of those kids continued using the device into their adult lives.


One of those few exceptions is, now 70-year-old, Paul Alexander from Dallas, Texas: he has been using an iron lung since 1952.


Heartbreaking Story Of Man Who Has Been Locked In A Machine For Over 60 Years

Paul contracted polio when he was only five years old. It left him with permanent respiratory damage.


The iron lung works by having patients lie inside it. Then, the device is tightly enclosed around the patient's neck, creating an artificial vacuum that mechanically fills the lungs up with oxygen. It wasn't intended for long-term use.


Heartbreaking Story Of Man Who Has Been Locked In A Machine For Over 60 Years

Therefore, Paul’s continued reliance on the iron lung has not been without its problems. The devices haven't been manufactured since the 1960s, so Paul was forced to issue an online plea for help in 2015 when his lung began to malfunction.


There are only ten people left in the world who still use iron lungs, and they have to rely on costly and hard-to-obtain spare parts.


Fortunately, Paul’s plea for help was answered by a kindly mechanic named Brady Richards, who offered to help Paul get his iron lung back in tip-top condition.


“I looked for years to find someone who knew how to work on iron lungs,” Paul revealed in an interview with Gizmodo. “Brady Richards, it’s a miracle that I found him.”


Heartbreaking Story Of Man Who Has Been Locked In A Machine For Over 60 Years

The iron lung is so old that when Brady brought it into his workshop to repair, his younger staff had no idea what it was. “When we first brought the tube into the shop, one of my younger employees asked me what I was doing with these smoker grills,” he claimed.


Heartbreaking Story Of Man Who Has Been Locked In A Machine For Over 60 Years

Tragically, it was not just Paul’s lungs that were ravaged by polio. He was also paralyzed from the neck downwards. However, despite his traumatic start in life, Paul never let his condition hold him back; on the contrary, he achieved many of his dreams.


He became a trial lawyer, and he's currently in the process of writing a book. Until his condition deteriorated, he could attend trails using a wheelchair. He's also writing his memoir using a pen in his mouth.


Below you can find Paul’s 2015 plea for help:



“When I transferred to the University of Texas, they were horrified to think that I was going to bring my iron lung down, but I did, and I put it in the dorm, and I lived in the dorm with my iron lung.”


“I had a thousand friends before it was over with, who all wanted to find out what’s that guy downstairs with a head sticking out of a machine doing here?”


Paul now spends most of his life inside the iron lung. While there are modern alternatives available to the device, people who are paralyzed by polio have claimed that they're nowhere near as effective for treating their condition.


As Martha Ann Lillard, who has spent more than 60 years using an iron lung, said: “I can’t use other types of ventilators because of inflammation that comes with Polio. I could be more rested if I stayed in the lung full time. But I choose to be up as much as possible.”


Heartbreaking Story Of Man Who Has Been Locked In A Machine For Over 60 Years

Paul’s lung is seen above being repaired by Brady.


“Some people have said I’d rather die than leave my iron lung, and it makes it sound like I’m not trying to be modern, and it’s not like that at all,” Lillard added in an interview with NBC News.


“It feels wonderful, actually, if you’re not breathing well. When I was first put into it, it was such a relief. It makes all the difference when you’re not breathing.”


Lillard is seen below as a young woman inside her iron lung.


Heartbreaking Story Of Man Who Has Been Locked In A Machine For Over 60 Years

The last major outbreak of polio in the US took place in 1952.


Nevertheless, it's not just humans who can suffer from outbreaks of respiratory diseases. Reportedly, a highly contagious dog flu recently ravaged the United States. Watch this video to find out more:



Reference: Viral Thread

The Heartbreaking Story Of Man Who Has Been Locked In A Machine For Over 60 Years The Heartbreaking Story Of Man Who Has Been Locked In A Machine For Over 60 Years Reviewed by Κατερίνα Παπ on 5:13 PM Rating: 5

2 comments

  1. SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE WITH GOOD RESULT TO TESTIFY ABOUT

    I am Monica David from Ontario Canada, i want to testify about the good service of Dr. Ugo Wonders living in USA for helping me bring back my fiancee who left me because of a prostitute. it was a terrible and depressing time when my fiancee whom we were supposed to be married in two months cancelled our wedding because of a prostitute who cast a spell on him and stole him away. i was searching for help online when i saw a review about Dr. Ugo of General Spell Temple, i then contacted him for help. I followed all his instruction accordingly as he assured and guaranteed me that my Fiancee will be back in 48 hours, to my greatest surprise in exactly two days after the spell was cast, my Fiance called me and started to apologize for leaving me because of another lady. i waited for two months in which we are now married before i could testify and right now, we are one happy family and its going to remain like this for ever.. all thanks to Dr. Ugo Wonders of General Spell Temple. you can contact Dr. Ugo for any relationship problem through his direct email
    [email protected] or call him directly on +1 386-336-9876

    website:http://generalspelltempleblog.wordpress.com



    SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE WITH GOOD RESULT TO TESTIFY ABOUT

    I am Monica David from Ontario Canada, i want to testify about the good service of Dr. Ugo Wonders living in USA for helping me bring back my fiancee who left me because of a prostitute. it was a terrible and depressing time when my fiancee whom we were supposed to be married in two months cancelled our wedding because of a prostitute who cast a spell on him and stole him away. i was searching for help online when i saw a review about Dr. Ugo of General Spell Temple, i then contacted him for help. I followed all his instruction accordingly as he assured and guaranteed me that my Fiancee will be back in 48 hours, to my greatest surprise in exactly two days after the spell was cast, my Fiance called me and started to apologize for leaving me because of another lady. i waited for two months in which we are now married before i could testify and right now, we are one happy family and its going to remain like this for ever.. all thanks to Dr. Ugo Wonders of General Spell Temple. you can contact Dr. Ugo for any relationship problem through his direct email
    [email protected] or call him directly on +1 386-336-9876

    website:http://generalspelltempleblog.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. The NBA franchise will again be back with an amazing update and NBA 2K19 will perhaps be the most awaited development of the 2K games. Take a look at the NBA 2K19 Demo

    ReplyDelete

Don't show again. Close

Like us on Facebook?