Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Living and Dying in an Iron Lung

What's an iron lung? Take a look at the picture. It's obviously not something you transplant into your body. According to the NY Times, Martha Mason lived in this "iron lung" for over 60 years and recently died at the age of 71. She was parlayed from polio and her life depended on this machine.

Mason had quite a life and even wrote a book while living in this life-saving contraption. She also appeared on several documentaries. Advances in Medical technology have significantly improved the quality of life for people who are unable to breathe independently. Image source: NY Times

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