He's Been Locked In This Machine For 70 Years (2023)


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- [Narrator] Could, you imagine what it would be like to live your entire life confined in a mechanical box, one, that's just big enough to fit your body into? What, if you couldn't move, eat, or even breathe without it? Sounds, like a waking, nightmare, right? Well, for Paul Richard Alexander.

This isn't a bad dream, but the stark reality of his life.

Since 1952, Paul has spent every waking moment trapped inside this machine.


How could this possibly happen? Well, to find out,? Let's take a look at the life of a man.

Who's been locked inside a machine for almost 70 years.

To understand Paul's predicament.

First, we need to understand polio, the virus that Paul contracted at the age of just six.

Polio, short for poliomyelitis, is a life-threatening disease that can infect a person's spinal cord.

In severe cases.

This causes paralysis where sufferers can't move parts of their body and become incredibly weak.

This terrifying condition affects about one in every 200 sufferers, leaving many with progressive muscle, weakness, irreversibly withered limbs, and joint deformities.

Scary as it sounds.

These people are the lucky ones as paralysis.

This extreme can affect muscles to the point where sufferers can no longer walk, eat, or even breathe on their own and sadly.

This is where Paul comes.


He got the virus in 1952, when the US and Europe were going through the worst polio epidemic on record.

In that year, alone, more than 57,000 people were infected in the US.

For perspective.

That's about the same as the entire population of Greenland.

Although polio had been around for a long time before 1952 and could be traced back all the way to ancient Egypt.

Take a look at this Egyptian stone tablet that was carved around 3,400 years: ago.

Notice, the man's withered leg? That's, a telltale symptom of polio.


It wasn't until the beginning of the 20th century that the invasive infection really started to cause problems.

In 1916, 36 years before Paul would catch polio, over 27,000 cases were reported in New York City alone., And sadly, at least 6,000 people didn't make it.

Widespread panic gripped the city with the governments, urging families to quarantine inside their homes., Movie, theaters, pools and amusement parks all closed down and people fled to live in less populated, areas.


This sound familiar at all? Even, though I'm getting vivid flashbacks of 2020.

Unlike the COVID epidemic, it wasn't the elderly who were most vulnerable to catching polio, but the children.

This is because the viruses sickeningly spread when the oh God, feces of an infected person is introduced to the mouth of a healthy person.

This can be through infected water or food, or from someone just not washing their hands.


Considering young children rarely think to wash their hands before they go shoving them in anything they can grab into their mouths.

It's no surprise.

They were so badly affected.


If polio had been panicking the world since 1916, why was there still no cure by 1952 when Paul caught the disease?, Well, medicine and science were a lot less advanced back then, and much of what we know? Today, we'd still hadn't figured out.

So without a solid answer for how to treat or protect against polio, people turned to strange remedies that were often suggested by frauds trying to cash in on people's fear, but even legitimate, respected experts frequently suggested cures based on false reasoning., In 1916, leading biomedical inventor John Haven Emerson recommended sufferers, take regular baths in almond meal, and even insisted that electrocution of their lower extremities would help alleviate the symptoms.


If you think that sounds uncomfortable, other treatments include injecting lethal substances straight into the patient's spine, like adrenaline and even disinfectant.

It's, similar to how President Trump suggested treating COVID, but on a much more painful, level.


Many of these so-called treatments actually made the condition: worse.

In 1916, Samuel Meltzer, a respected American physiologist, championed injecting adrenaline into the spines of ill children based on successful experiments, he'd carried out on monkeys, but the method turned out to be a complete failure with humans and, sadly, out of the 105 children.

Tested, 45 didn't make it through the process.

Those children lucky enough not to befall this frightful.

Fate often had their bodies covered in plaster casts or metal braces for weeks, months, or even years.

Though heavy and cumbersome.

The casts and braces were vital to supporting polio weakened body.


While they helped the kids recover, being confined to these casts and having to spend weeks alone and paralyzed in the hospital was an understandably scary.


One, five-year-old boy who was paralyzed from the neck down, recalled a particularly terrifying encounter with a wasp.

Lying in his hospital bed and unable to move.

He suddenly heard of buzzing sound coming from the far side of the room.

He couldn't run away, or even move a sheet over.

His head.

He just had to watch as the wasp buzzed closer and closer and closer, but it wasn't all doom and gloom.

In 1928, hygienist Philip Drinker and physiologist Lewis Shaw teamed up at Harvard University to form a polio fighting supergroup.


They created the first machine to effectively treat the most severely effected, polio, sufferers, or at least keep them alive long enough to recover.

You see.

In the worst cases of polio like Paul Alexander's, patients would be paralyzed to such a degree that they couldn't even use their lungs, but Drinker and Shaw's device inflated and deflated polio sufferers lungs for them.

The, first machine.

They made used two vacuum cleaners powered by an electric motor to suck air out of a sealed metal box.

That was just big enough for one patient.

This lowered the air pressure inside, forcing the patient's chest cavity to expand to fill the vacuum and flooding their lungs with air.


The vacuum cleaners were reversed, pumping air back into the box and raising the air pressure, forcing the lungs to deflate and push the air back.


This miraculous machine was called a Drinker respirator, but it was more simply known as an iron lung.

After, some tweaks, the original design, was improved by using a set of bellows instead of vacuum.


Drinker also experimented with a concept of a multiperson ventilator by turning an entire room into one large iron lung.

It could hold up to four patients and had enough room inside for a nurse to move around and take care of the children.

Later in 1931, John Haven Emerson, yup, the same man who recommended electrocution and bathing in almond meal to cure.

The disease surprisingly made improvements to the iron lung.

Emerson's machine was quieter, more efficient and cheaper at just $1,000.

That was less than half the cost of a Drinker respirator, but it was still a lot of money, costing roughly $17,500 today.


They were so expensive.

Hospitals had trouble buying enough iron lungs to support the sheer number of children affected by the virus.

Some hospitals were forced to make their own improvised machines like this one from the 1940s, which, as you can see, had bellows that were pumped by hand.

Looks, more like a torture device than a medical one.

If you ask me.

A handful of generous people did their best to help out though.

Take Sir William Morris, for example, an English car manufacturer who also happens to be the most British brit, I, think I've ever seen.

In 1938.

He promised to manufacture and donate as many iron lungs as he could to any hospital that asked for them.

In total.

He donated over 5,000 machines.

That's about $95 million worth of equipment in today's money.

What a gentleman, but now it's time to jump ahead to 1952, the year.

The most cases of polio were ever recorded in the US.


Thousands of children were being sent to hospitals with a deadly disease.

Six-Year-Old Paul Alexander was outside his home in Dallas, Texas playing.

Happily in the summer rain.

One second, everything was perfectly fine., The next.

He began to feel sick and ran inside to complain to his mother of head and neck pains.

Within seconds, Paul's mother, recognized that telltale fever, symptoms of early stage, polio and rushed her son to bed.

The family doctor was called out, but because of the hospitals were overcrowded with other polio patients.

He recommended Paul stay at home.

Despite his worsening condition.

After, just five days, though, the boy had deteriorated to the point that his parents had to take him into the hospital.

Despite their doctor's advice.


This time, Paul could hardly hold a crayon and was so weak that he couldn't even cough to clear his lungs.

When a doctor finally examined him.

He devastatingly told Paul's parents that nothing could be done, but thankfully.

A second doctor thought differently.


This doctor performed an emergency tracheotomy on Paul, creating a small hole in his throat and using a tube, sucked out all the congestion from his lungs.

When Paul, eventually woke up.

He was still unable to move, but his body was confusingly encased in a loud machine., At first.

He though, he was in some sort of strange dream, but he soon learned he'd been confined to an iron lung.


He beaten.

The initial infection, polio had left him permanently paralyzed from the neck, down.

So for the next 18 months.

This is where he would stay.


Hospital ward was full of children, just like him.


As the months passed, Paul saw more and more of them slowly recover or more often than not, pass.


He, however, remained unchanged, glued to his bed, with the machine breathing for him.

To help overcome his inability to breathe naturally, the doctors spent time teaching Paul to frog breathe.

And no.

This doesn't mean Paul learned how to breathe underwater, rather frog.

Breathing is a technique that involves sucking in a mouth full of air, then raising your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

This movement pushes air down your throat, forcing it into your lungs.

Without practice.

It's very difficult, especially for a small child.

Go on, give it a try.

Now, if you don't believe me.

Finding it difficult.

Maybe you can accomplish something.

A little easier, like hitting those like and subscribe buttons down, below.

All done, awesome.

Now, where were we? Although, he hated doing the breathing exercise, through sheer willpower and perseverance, Paul mastered frog breathing by the age of just eight.

This allowed him to breathe outside of the iron lung by himself.

For the first time in nearly two years., Finally, Paul had some of his independence back.

And, even though he still needed to sleep in the iron lung.

Every night, he felt alive, again.

Determined, to accomplish his goals.

Despite his affliction, Paul, adapted to his new life.

A mirror was fixed to the top of his machine so that he could look around the room without craning.

His neck.

His father made him a special stick.

He could hold with his mouth and use to play with toys.

He, also learned how to paint and write with a paint brush or a pencil in his mouth.


As Paul grew older.

He knew he had to get an education to succeed in life because, even though his body was paralyzed, his mind was still sharp.

As a knife.

By, the age of 21, Paul unbelievably became the first person to graduate from a Dallas high school without physically attending any lessons.

Not only that, but he graduated at the top of his class.

Wow, all that and he didn't even have access to Zoom.

What's your excuse? After completing high school with flying colors, Paul then applied to Dallas's Southern Methodist University, but they wouldn't accept him, deeming him too disabled to study.

Paul was understandably furious, but it would take more than that to make him give up.

He called the university countless times and fought tooth and nail for a course placement for two long years., Eventually the university caved and he was accepted to study economics and finance.

After, overcoming that hurdle.

He began to dream bigger and successfully transferred over to the University of Texas.


His old college, Paul had been living at home, but to the horror of his parents.

He was now moving out to live on the campus.

Full time.

It can't have been easy.

Getting the massive 660 pound iron lung into his new dorm room, but not even that challenge could stop Paul.


He probably didn't help with transporting it, but give the guy a break.

After seven long, years, Paul graduated from the University of Texas in 1978, but even that wasn't enough for him.

As soon, as he finished one degree, he decided to dive right into another and not just any other, but one of the toughest degrees available at the time, law.

Despite his professors telling him he would never pass, in 1984, a full 17 years after he graduated high school, Paul got his law degree.

Two years later, against all odds.

He kickstarted a successful career as a lawyer, smashing through every obstacle in his way.


That's what you call a success story and it doesn't stop there.

In July, 2022, Paul, Richard Alexander will have been reliant on his iron lung for an astonishing 70 years.

At, the grand old age of 76, he's once again confined to the machine full time., From here, he eats, drinks, sleeps and even works, but he refuses to let the situation get him down to the point.

Where he's become a global inspiration., In 2014, he was honored to be accepted into the rotary club, a global service organization who are working on projects to help end polio once and for all.

- And congratulate you on choosing to serve alongside us.

- [Narrator] As happy as he looks, his life does come with its fair share of challenges.

The machine Paul now resides in is actually refurbished because his original machine began to fail back in 2015.

Spare parts have been out of production for decades, because no one expected that someone who needed an iron lung would ever live as long as Paul has., But fortunately, Paul has an amazing friend who helped him post this video on YouTube, asking for help.

Luckily, one heroic engineer, came to the rescue and supplied Paul with everything he needed to keep on living.

His best life.

Since, then, Paul, has amazingly gone on to achieve even more.

While working as a lawyer.

He recently finished an eight year long venture to write his memoir called Three Minutes for a Dog, which was released in 2020.


What's even more amazing is that he typed out the whole thing by using a rod in his mouth to tap away at his keyboard.

How incredible is that? Although Paul is the only person to kick polio's butt and lived to tell the tale, more famously America's 32nd president Franklin D Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio in 1921 when he was 39 years.


He was unable to walk without the use of braces or crutches, and sometimes used a wheelchair to get around.

Much like Paul Alexander though.

He didn't let his disability stop.


He was elected in 1933 and is the only US president to have served more than two full terms in office and he didn't let that time go to waste.

In 1938.

He spearheaded America's movement to fight back against polio by founding the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.


By doing this, he actually helped develop the world's first polio vaccine.


His presidential power, Roosevelt appealed to the public for donations to research.

A polio, vaccine., Then, famous TV personality, Eddie Cantor, jokingly, told the nation to send just one dime, each to the White House, to help the cause.

To Roosevelt's surprise.

The White House was then flooded with mail and they received a whopping 2,680,000 dimes.

That's over $5 million in today's money, which Cantor cleverly coined the March of Dimes.

But for all of this money, nobody seemed to be able to get any closer to producing the fabled polio, vaccine., Years passed, the second World War came and went, the Cold War began.

And yet every year, polio remained a constant threat, but the March of Dimes kept going, raising more and more money to find a vaccine with every year that passed.

People were so determined to beat the deadly virus that one fundraiser by the name of Mr.

O'connor tirelessly raised half a billion dimes for the cause.


So many dimes that if you lined them up, you would have to walk, swim, and climb the entire circumference of the earth.

Two and a quarter times before you ran out., That's, exhausting just to think about.

But when 1952 rolled around and the world was in the midst of the worst polio epidemic, ever recorded, people were fed.


Donation after donation had been made for the last 14 years and still no cure had been found.

But that's when Jonas Salk walked into the picture.

He'd been leading research on the March of Dimes ever since 1949, but in 1952, he had a major breakthrough.

While conducting tests on monkeys.

He found that those he had injected with a new formula were suddenly immune to the virus.


No time, Salk started testing his vaccine on a group of 43 children and after this went well, in 1953, he vaccinated his own children.


He was obviously pretty confident in himself.


The vaccine came just a few months too late to help poor Paul Alexander, but it did go on to save countless lives.

In 1954, Salk rolled out.

The biggest vaccine test of all.

Huge field trials were held across the US involving the vaccination of 1.8 million school children against the deadly disease.

These children were known as the polio pioneers and became a beacon of hope for the whole world.

On April 12th, 1955.

The results were announced and it was revealed to worldwide praise that the vaccine was safe and effective.

After decades of research, millions of dollars and countless lives.


The end of polio was finally in sight.

People queued in roads to get vaccinated, and what's more, Salk's vaccine was then improved upon by researcher Albert Sabin.

By 1961, an oral version of the vaccine was put into circulation that just needed to be squirted onto a spoon, making it easier than ever to administer.

The results were astonishing.

In, the two years before the vaccine was widely available.

The average number of polio cases in the US was over 45,000.

By 1962.

That number had dropped to just 910 and by 1979, it had been eradicated.


As of October 7th, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported that there were just 441 cases of polio, worldwide.


The impact of this vile virus is still felt across the globe.

It's estimated that there are 300,000 polio survivors living in the US alone and about 10 to 20 million survivors, worldwide.

Iron lungs went out of production long ago as the world got vaccinated, but Paul Alexander is one of the very few still in tuned by the bulking machines.

For him, and so many others, polio has been a tough, life-changing disease.

But Paul's story stands as a testament, proving that no matter how many hardships might come, your way, you can always overcome them.

If you have the determination to do so.

Well, have you been inspired by Paul's amazing story and how well do you think you'd cope inside an iron lung?, Personally, I, don't think I'd last five minutes, but let me know in the comments below and thanks for watching.

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Is the man in the iron lung still alive 2023? ›

Since Alexander was paralyzed from the neck down, his diaphragm was unable to function. To fix this, the doctors encased him in an iron lung – a ventilator that helps him breathe. Alexander is actually one of the last people alive in the world today still inside an iron lung.

Is Paul Alexander always in the iron lung? ›

Paul Richard Alexander (born 1946) is an American lawyer from Dallas and paralytic polio survivor. He is notably one of the last people living in an iron lung after he contracted polio in 1952 at the age of six.

How old is Paul Alexander? ›

How did Paul Alexander become a lawyer? ›

Paul Richard Alexander graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in 1978. He attended law school after finishing university, earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1984, and was admitted to private law practice in 1986 after passing the bar exam.

Is anyone still alive with iron lung? ›

“They said, 'You can do anything. ' And I believed it.” Today, at the age of 77, Paul Alexander is the longest iron lung patient ever. Paul has been using his negative-pressure ventilator for 70 years, and currently spends most of his day inside the machine in his house.

Can people get out of iron lung? ›

The iron lung was intended to be used for two weeks at most, to give the body a chance to recover. Over time, the claustrophobic iron lung became emblematic of the devastating effects of polio. Only the sickest patients ended up in one; if they made it out, a lifetime of disability was likely to follow.

How do you use the bathroom in an iron lung? ›

How the patients would use the bathroom? The front part of the iron lung where the patient's head comes out attaches to the “tin can” and can be unbuckled and pulled out, thus exposing the patient's body on the bed. He is lifted up by a nurse and a bedpan is slid under him.

How do you eat in an iron lung? ›

You can eat in the iron lung because your head is outside but the rest of your body is inside, although since you are flat on your back you really need to be careful when you swallow; you have to swallow in rhythm with the machine because it's pulling your diaphragm in and then pushing it out again.

How long did people have to live in an iron lung? ›

Rows of iron lungs filled hospital wards at the height of the polio outbreaks of the 1940s and 1950s, helping children, and some adults, with bulbar polio and bulbospinal polio. A polio patient with a paralyzed diaphragm would typically spend two weeks inside an iron lung while recovering.

How many iron lungs are left? ›

Today it's two. Martha Lillard and Paul Alexander are the last known Americans still using the giant metal tanks to help them breathe. According to the Guardian, the last person in the United Kingdom that used an iron lung died in 2017.

What replaced the iron lung? ›

But for patients dependent on them to breathe, the old iron lungs were gradually replaced with modern ventilators. Ventilators are used today in intensive care units and emergency wards rather than for polio victims. The patient no longer needs to be encased neck to toe in a coffin-like box.

What is the iron lung disease? ›

What is an Iron Lung? No device is more associated with polio than the tank respirator, better known as the iron lung. Physicians who treated people in the acute, early stage of polio saw that many patients were unable to breathe when the virus's action paralyzed muscle groups in the chest.

Who is the richest lawyer ever? ›

Charlie Munger. He has an estimated net wealth of $2.3 billion, Munger ranks as the world's richest lawyer. He graduated from Harvard Law School and has amassed a large fortune. He is currently known in the business world for being the partner of Warren Buffet, the fifth richest man in the world, in Berkshire Hathaway.

What is the longest time someone has been on the iron lung? ›

The longest period for a person to make daily use of a negative-pressure ventilator (or "iron lung") is 70 years, set by Paul Alexander of Texas, USA, who was placed in an iron lung in July 1952 after being paralyzed by polio.

Who is the world's most successful lawyer? ›

Sir Lionel Luckhoo (b. 2 Mar 1914), senior partner of Luckhoo and Luckhoo of Georgetown, Guyana, succeeded in getting 245 successive murder-charge acquittals between 1940 and 1985. Comments below may relate to previous holders of this record.

How long do polio survivors live? ›

People who recover from the initial attack of polio often live for years without further signs or symptoms.

Who is the oldest polio survivor? ›

What is this? Marguerite Scarry, who is still going strong at the age of 99, is currently the oldest living polio survivor in the world. Scarry's story was brought to our attention when her great-niece, Patricia Spencer, sent us an email and included newspaper clippings about Scarry's miraculous story.

Who was the last iron lung user? ›

The machine was common during the polio epidemic, and Paul Alexander is one of the last people to be in one. The iron lung works to change the air pressure and stimulate breathing.

What happens to your body in an iron lung? ›

From the 1930s to the 1950s, the “Iron Lung” saved thousands of people, mostly children, from dying when the muscles needed to breathe were weakened or paralyzed. The iron lung works by mimicking the way the body's chest muscles and diaphragm move air into and out of the lungs.

How many hours is iron lung? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, Iron Lung is about 1 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 1½ Hours to obtain 100% completion.

How long did polio patients stay in iron lung? ›

A little over a week later, she woke up with a sore throat and a pain in her neck. Her family took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with polio. She spent six months in the hospital, where she was put in a giant metal tank — a ventilator informally called an iron lung — to help her breathe.

How did people get iron lung? ›

The iron lung was born in 1927, when Philip Drinker and Louis Agassiz Shaw at Harvard University devised a machine that could maintain respiration, pulling air into and out of the lungs by changing the pressure in an airtight metal box. It was powered by an electric motor with two vacuum cleaners.

Why did people live in an iron lung? ›

Invented in 1927, the machine was the first real solution available to those who suffered from breathing problems brought about by polio, a disease that paralyzes the muscles of the body, including those in the chest. The iron lung kept people breathing by holding them from the neck down in a metal tank.

How many polio survivors are still alive? ›

Over 12 million people, worldwide have been affected by polio as indicated by the CDC. There is no central system for reporting post-polio syndrome, but it is estimated that 300,000 individuals are survivors of polio in the United States and have mild to severe symptoms.

What famous person has had polio? ›

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States. Not only did he serve an unprecedented four terms in office, but he was also the first president with a significant physical disability. FDR was diagnosed with infantile paralysis, better known as polio, in 1921, at the age of 39.

How big is the iron lung? ›

The machine is 2.25 m L x 1.8 m H x 95 cm W. Poliovirus belongs to a family of very small, single-stranded RNA viruses that also includes the pathogens of common cold and infectious hepatitis (Hepatitis A). Many strains of the virus that do not produce serious disease exist, and are capable of inducing immunity.

Is an iron lung like a ventilator? ›

The iron lung, a negative pressure ventilator, was invented in 1927 to enable patients with polio to breathe on their own. Most patients spent a few weeks or months in the iron lung to reverse the paralysis of chest muscles associated with polio.

What is a breathing machine for the lungs? ›

Mechanical ventilators are machines that act as bellows to move air in and out of your lungs. Your respiratory therapist and doctor set the ventilator to control how often it pushes air into your lungs and how much air you get. You may be fitted with a mask to get air from the ventilator into your lungs.

Do people still get polio? ›

Thanks to a successful vaccination program, most people in the United States are protected from polio. However, people who are not vaccinated or who haven't received all recommended doses may be at risk of getting polio. The disease still occurs in other parts of the world.

Who is the richest between a doctor and a lawyer? ›

At first glance, it seems easy to determine that a medical doctor is paid much more than a lawyer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics gives median salaries for both doctors and lawyers, so it's clear that the doctors' number is higher.

What lawyer has won the most cases? ›

Gerry Spence is widely considered one of the most successful trial and criminal attorneys in America. He has never once lost a criminal case — either as a prosecutor or a defense attorney — and he hasn't lost a civil case since 1969.

Is being a lawyer a rich job? ›

Pulling from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average salary for a lawyer is approximately $130,490. But averages can be misleading since they are skewered higher by the outliers on the top earning multiple millions each year. The median salary for a lawyer is a much lower $114,970.

Are there enemies in iron lung? ›

The Frog is the main antagonist of the 2022 indie horror game Iron Lung. It lives within the bloody ocean of a moon and will stalk the player submarine throughout the playthrough.

Who was the girl in the iron lung? ›

Dianne Odell (February 13, 1947 – May 28, 2008) was a Tennessee woman who spent most of her life in an iron lung.

Who is the highest paid lawyer in America? ›

Who are the Richest Lawyers in America?
  • Peter Angelos—$2 Billion. Continuing with the sports theme, Peter Angelos is likely better known as a majority owner of the Baltimore Orioles. ...
  • Bill Neukom—$850 Million. ...
  • Judith Sheindlin—$440 Million. ...
  • Steuart Walton—$300 Million.

What is the most expensive lawyer per hour? ›

Topping the list of the country's most expensive lawyers is Kirkland & Ellis partner Kirk Radke. The private equity and corporate counsel bills $1,250 per hour. The big billers tend to cluster in finance-related practices.

Who is the best lawyer alive? ›

Who are the Best Lawyers in the World?
  • John Branca. John Gregory Branca is a famous American lawyer. ...
  • Jane Wanjiru Michuki. Talking about her, she is a famous Kenyan lawyer and a successful businesswoman. ...
  • Roy Black. ...
  • Willie E. ...
  • Judy Sheindlin. ...
  • Harish Salve. ...
  • Bill Neukom. ...
  • William Lerach.

How long did kids live in iron lung? ›

Although the patient could breathe in the machine, he could do little else besides look up at a mirror reflecting the room behind him (upside-down and backwards, of course). Typically, the children would spend two weeks inside while recovering.

How does iron lung game end? ›

After reaching the final point, as the convict attempts to reach the camera controls, the monstrous sea creature breaches the submarine, sending the game back to the title screen.

How many iron lung survivors are left? ›

Today it's two. Martha Lillard and Paul Alexander are the last known Americans still using the giant metal tanks to help them breathe. According to the Guardian, the last person in the United Kingdom that used an iron lung died in 2017.

What illness was iron lung? ›

An iron lung, a medical device used to treat polio patients, became one of the most iconic objects of the polio epidemic. In 1931, John Haven Emerson, designed and invented the Emerson Respirator, an improvement over the Drinker model developed in 1928.

How much did the iron lung cost? ›

In the 1930s, an iron lung cost about $1,500—the average price of a home.

What makes iron lung so scary? ›

Not only because of the immense pressure and the strange things which break against its hull, but also because its pilot is a poor and unprepared steward. The game's opening narration states that you were sealed into this ship without any training as to its operation.

Why don't we use the iron lung anymore? ›

The reason we don't see iron lungs anymore is because of polio vaccines, which were first developed in the 1950s. The vaccines were so effective in protecting people from polio that in 1988, the world decided to eradicate the disease.

Who created the iron lung? ›

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