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Old 06-01-2008, 02:45 PM
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Thumbs down Tennessee Woman Dies in Iron Lung During Power Outage

I did not know the iron lung still exsisted, did any of you? I found this a very sad story. Click the link and look at the photo's

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A thunderstorm knocked out the power to her home Wednesday, shutting off the massive metal machine that had helped her breathe for nearly 60 years.

It was about 3 a.m. when the electricity went out at Odell's home in Jackson, a small Tennessee town about 90 miles northeast of Memphis. An emergency generator did not start, and Odell died as her father and brother-in-law took turns pumping the iron lung manually.

Dianne Odell, 61, was believed to be the nation's oldest survivor of polio to have spent almost all of her life inside an iron lung.
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Wow I didn't know that still existed
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Wow, and her father is still alive and able to pump the lung manually. He'd most likely be in his 80s, at least. I wonder why the generator didn't start.
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It was on our local news. The family had not tested the generator in over 20 years to make sure that it still worked :(
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60 years in an iron lung..... That sounds terrible!!! Poor lady -
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Surely her medical team could have replaced her iron lung with a more current treatment...
Sorry, I couldn't access the page to find out why she was using the apparatus in the first place...
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I remember reading that she was using the iron lung because spinal deformities prevented her from using the more modern forms of breathing apparatus.

Very sad.
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I wasn't able to read the story before, the link didn't work for me but now it did. That is so sad. That family must have been a bunch of saints!!! It couldn't have been easy taking care of someone in that condition.
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