A man dies after living in a tank for 70 years


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Please try again later {{ /verifyErrors }}A man who lived inside an ‘iron lung’ for seven decades after contracting polio as a child has died.
Paul Alexander was paralysed from the neck down after contracting the virus in 1952.
He died on Monday after being taken to hospital with Covid.
When he was six years old, Mr Alexander was rushed to hospital after falling ill with a fever and aching limbs.
Mr Alexander was paralysed by polio the age of six in 1952 (YouTube/SBSK)His condition deteriorated and a doctor performed a tracheotomy on him to remove the congestion from his lungs following his polio infection.
He woke up inside a metal cylinder, known as an ‘iron lung’ which he lived in for most of the rest of his life, covering his entire body except his head.
The iron lung acted as a diaphragm to help Mr Alexander breathe after the polio infection destroyed his internal functions.
The device worked by air being sucked out of the cylinder by a set of leather bellows powered by a motor, and the negative pressure forced his lungs to expand.
Mr Alexander paints a picture from inside the lung ( Paul Alexander)When the air was pumped back in, the change in pressure deflated his lungs, keeping him alive.
At first, he was unable to move or talk inside the metal casing, and would often go unwashed because he was unable to communicate with the nurses looking after him.
He was eventually moved from the hospital to his home in Dallas, Texas, and his father placed a clear plastic stick, flat and about a foot long with a pen attached, which he used to write and push buttons on devices such as mobile phones.
Later, he learned to breathe by himself and was able to spend short periods of time outside the iron lung and got into university, obtaining a law degree and even practising law.
Mr Alexander pictured inside his ‘iron lung’ (YouTube/SBSK)He also published his memoir in April 2020.
He was one of many children placed inside iron lungs during an outbreak of polio in the US during the 1950s.
Iron lungs were also used in the UK.
The last person to use an iron lung in the UK died in December 2017, aged 75.
“I knew if I was going to do anything with my life, it was going to have to be a mental thing,” he told The Guardian in 2020.
Tributes flooded in for Mr Alexander following his death.
Paul Alexander as a young man, outside his iron lung (Paul Alexander)“Paul, you will be missed but always remembered,” said Christopher Ulmer, who set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for Mr Alexander’s care costs.
“Thanks for sharing your story with us.”His brother Philip previously thanked all those who had donated to the fundraiser.
“I am so grateful to everybody who donated to my brother’s fundraiser,” he said.
Mr Alexander used a plastic stick to communicate (YouTube/SBSK)“It allowed him to live his last few years stress-free.
It will also pay for his funeral during this difficult time.
“It is absolutely incredible to read all the comments and know that so many people were inspired by Paul.”Polio is a serious infection that is now very rare in both the US and UK because of a vaccination programme.
It is now only found in a few countries and the chance of getting it is very low.
Health officials declared a national incident after the polio virus was identified in sewage samples taken from London between February and May 2022, but no associated cases appeared to have been identified.
There have been no confirmed cases of paralysis due to polio caught in the UK since 1984.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, frequent epidemics saw polio become one of the most feared diseases in the world.
A major outbreak in New York City in 1916 killed more than 2,000 people, and the worst recorded US outbreak in 1952 killed over 3,000.

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He passed away. The man had polio as a child and spent the next seven decades inside a “iron lung.”.

After catching the virus in 1952, Paul Alexander became paralyzed from the neck down. After being admitted to the hospital with COVID, he passed away on Monday.

Mr. Alexander was taken to the hospital at the age of six after experiencing fever and limb pain.

In 1952, when Mr. Alexander was only six years old, polio left him paralyzed (YouTube/SBSK).

As a result of his polio infection, his condition worsened, and a doctor operated on him to remove the congestion from his lungs.

His entire body—aside from his head—was encased in a metal cylinder that he woke up inside, dubbed a “iron lung,” and lived in it for the majority of the rest of his life.

When Mr. Alexander’s internal organs were destroyed by the polio infection, the iron lung served as a diaphragm to assist with breathing.

With the help of a motor-driven set of leather bellows, the device forced air out of the cylinder, forcing his lungs to expand due to the negative pressure.

Paul Alexander, the painter, creates a picture from inside the lung.

His lungs deflated when the air was pumped back in, which preserved his life.

He could not move or speak inside the metal casing at first, and he would frequently go without washing because he could not communicate with the nurses who were taking care of him.

After he was discharged from the hospital and moved into his Dallas, Texas, home, his father gave him a clear plastic stick that was flat and about a foot long. It had a pen attached, and he used it to write on things and press buttons on gadgets like cell phones.

Later, he gained the ability to breathe on his own, was able to leave the iron lung for brief periods of time, entered college, graduated with a law degree, and began practicing law.

A picture of Mr. Alexander inside his “iron lung” can be found on YouTube (SBSK).

In April 2020, he released his memoir as well.

During the US polio outbreak in the 1950s, he was one of many children who were given iron lung implants.

The United Kingdom also used iron lungs. In the UK, the last iron lung user passed away in December 2017 at the age of 75.

In 2020, he said to The Guardian, “I knew if I was going to do anything with my life, it was going to have to be a mental thing.”.

Following his passing, Mr. Alexander received an abundance of tributes.

Young Paul Alexander, away from his iron lung.

“Paul, you will be missed but never forgotten,” wrote Christopher Ulmer, who established a GoFundMe page to assist with Mr. Alexander’s medical expenses.

We appreciate you telling us your story. “.

Prior to this, his brother Philip expressed gratitude to everyone who had contributed to the fundraiser.

He remarked, “I am so appreciative of everyone who contributed to my brother’s fundraiser.”.

Alexander communicated with a plastic stick (YouTube/SBSK).

He was able to spend his final years without worry thanks to it. Over this trying time, it will also cover the cost of his funeral.

Reading through all of the comments and realizing how many people Paul inspired is truly amazing. “.

Thanks to a vaccination campaign, polio—a dangerous infection—is now extremely uncommon in the US and the UK.

These days it is limited to a few countries and extremely rare to contract.

The polio virus was found in sewer samples collected from London between February and May 2022; however, no cases seemed to be linked to the discovery, prompting health officials to declare a nationwide incident.

Since 1984, there have been no confirmed cases of paralysis resulting from polio in the United Kingdom.

Polio became one of the most feared diseases in the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries due to frequent epidemics.

1952 saw the deadliest outbreak in US history, with over 3,000 people killed. A significant outbreak occurred in New York City in 1916, killing over 2,000 people.

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