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IN People ON 11 Sep, 2015
A negative pressure ventilator commonly known as the Iron Lung is the life saver for the patients in a highly critical condition, it allows them to breathe. But due to the assembling issues, the utilization of Iron Lung is rare. There are only ten people around the world who use Iron Lung currently. Among them, seven are in the United States. Paul Alexander from Texas is one of them.
68-year-old Paul Alexander was discovered with polio when he was just six. Gradually his both lungs stopped working. He was left completely paralyzed. Since then, he is living with Iron Lung, deadened, moving just head, neck and mouth.
Despite all these, what he has accomplished is beyond imagination. The daily life struggles did not stop Paul. He has a successful career as a lawyer. Talking to the HealthDayNews, he said: "Over the years, I've been able to escape this machine for a few hours at a time by teaching myself voluntary breathing. I have to consciously push air into my lungs, something that's done involuntarily by just about everyone else. It's hard work, but it allows me to escape this infernal device, if only for a little while." Most often, Paul leaves the Iron Lung when he has to litigate.
For me, words fail here. All I can say is "Hats off to the real hero."
Read more about him here.