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Moving on, there are very few people left alive who use an iron lung. Now there is one less, following a power cut in Boston, which killed Dianne Odell, 61, who had relied on the machine since she was 3 years old.

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Moving on, there are very few people left alive who use an iron lung. Now there is one less, following a power cut in Boston, which killed Dianne Odell, 61, who had relied on the machine since she was 3 years old.

 

58 years in a metal box, the rest of eternity in a wooden one. Still, she sounds like she made more of her life than many of us.

 

Suck, suck your teenage thumb

Toilet trained and dumb

When the power runs out

We'll just hum...

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TAFKAG said:
DevonDeathTrip said:
Moving on, there are very few people left alive who use an iron lung. Now there is one less, following a power cut in Boston, which killed Dianne Odell, 61, who had relied on the machine since she was 3 years old.

 

58 years in a metal box, the rest of eternity in a wooden one. Still, she sounds like she made more of her life than many of us.

 

Suck, suck your teenage thumb

Toilet trained and dumb

When the power runs out

We'll just hum...

 

 

Click on the link, she had a better telly than half of us posting on here. Has anyone got first dibs on it or can I offer the family a few quid?

 

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Australian quadriplegic June Middleton, 82, who is today having a party to "celebrate" sixty years in an iron lung, longer than anyone else in the world.

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Australian quadriplegic June Middleton, 82, who is today having a party to "celebrate" sixty years in an iron lung, longer than anyone else in the world.

 

Why do people need to stay in iron lungs now that there are positive pressure ventilators. It seems a bit of a palava to take her down to St Kilda's in all that kaboodle.

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Australian quadriplegic June Middleton, 82, who is today having a party to "celebrate" sixty years in an iron lung, longer than anyone else in the world.

 

I guess June didn't know about Martha Mason, who has just died after sixty one years in an iron lung. I'm quite tempted to buy her "breathtaking" memoir "Breath: Life in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung", but I worry it might be a bit lacking in action.

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3 hours ago, DevonDeathTrip said:

I'm not sure this is the correct thread, but here's an interesting article - from late last year - about the last three people in the USA still reliant on an iron lung.

 

https://gizmodo.com/the-last-of-the-iron-lungs-1819079169

Yes, I think the topic came to light maybe last year (2 years ago?), some guy died in an iron lung and it mentioned some lonely stats like you have linked to.  I forget his claim to fame, wrote a book or summat, prolly about his wonderful iron lung existence.
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I thought I'd merge the few existing iron lung posts into one helpful, if slightly niche, thread. 

 

Apart from the three remaining American survivors, there may still be a few more ventilator dwellers scattered across the globe, so please post sightings here.

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If you want to take a real flyer on a name for a solo hit -- Fox News has a write up on one of the last iron lung users in the U.S.  Who knows....

"For over 35 years, a Missouri woman has enlisted her husband and a kind friend to help her go through the hourlong process of climbing into what is believed to be one of the last remaining iron lungs still functioning today. Mona Randolph, now 82, was struck by polio as an adult in 1956, and relies on the 75-year-old machine to live six nights per week, The Kansas City Star reported."
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1 hour ago, Sir Creep said:

If you want to take a real flyer on a name for a solo hit -- Fox News has a write up on one of the last iron lung users in the U.S.  Who knows....

"For over 35 years, a Missouri woman has enlisted her husband and a kind friend to help her go through the hourlong process of climbing into what is believed to be one of the last remaining iron lungs still functioning today. Mona Randolph, now 82, was struck by polio as an adult in 1956, and relies on the 75-year-old machine to live six nights per week, The Kansas City Star reported."
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Wrong thread :lol:

https://forums.deathlist.net/topic/9453-last-of-the-iron-lungs/

 

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I had no idea such a lovely thread existed!  Admins, move this post!  lol

 

 

Edited by Death Impends
Posts moved into Iron Lung thread

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11 minutes ago, DevonDeathTrip said:

We may possibly be about to have a renaissance in the manufacture of iron lungs.  Not something I ever expected to post.

 

https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/03/25/alberta-team-creates-breathing-machine-prototype-as-ventilator-backup/

 

Can someone be brought off one of these things or are they stuck on them for life? 

 

I think I'd rather die if the latter. 

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6 hours ago, Deathray said:

 

Can someone be brought off one of these things or are they stuck on them for life? 

 

I think I'd rather die if the latter. 

In my amateur opinion, I don’t think it would be permanent. Because the condition causing the difficulty breathing is temporary, I would imagine that the use of the machine would be temporary also. The only way I could see this being permanent is if the body gets used to the breathing being done manually by the machine. Even then I would think that they could slowly decrease the machine’s strength, to build back the lung’s strength. 

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This thread's summat of a rave from the grave, then

 

Let's dig up another appropriate oldie - 

 

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