Living Inside a Canister: Dallas Polio Survivor is One of Few People Left in U.S. Using Iron Lung - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Living Inside a Canister: Dallas Polio Survivor is One of Few People Left in U.S. Using Iron Lung

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    Living Inside a Canister: Dallas Polio Survivor is One of Few People Left in U.S. Using Iron Lung
    The Dallas Morning News
    Paul Alexander looks out from inside his iron lung at his home in Dallas. Now in his 70s, Alexander is one of the few people left who uses an iron lung to help facilitate breathing for those affected by polio. (Smiley N. Pool/Staff Photographer)

    The machine is what people see first.  The submarine-like metal cylinder dominates the room, rhythmically humming and pulsating as it helps keep Paul Alexander alive.

    Alexander has spent much of his life in a can, a childhood victim of a once-epidemic disease that menaced the nation and now leaves him at the mercy of a mechanical respirator. Though unable to move from the neck down, he refused to be limited by his metal prison, finding success in both the classroom and the courtroom.

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