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113.002

Smith-Clarke "Junior" respirator or Iron lung with crank handle for emergency operation.

Inscription
MANUFACTURED BY/ THE CAPE ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED/ WARWICK ENGLAND / [...]
Production date
1954
Production place
Warwick
Production organisations
Cape Engineering Company
Labels
Paul Alexander (born c.1946) was paralysed by polio aged 6 and spent his first few years living with the disease in a child's iron lung like this one. He is one of the last remaining individuals living inside an iron lung, now an adult version. The introduction of the Polio vaccine in 1955 was too late for Paul. Despite spending most of his life inside the machine he is a successful lawyer and has taught himself to consciously breath so he can leave the lung for short periods.

Part 113.002

Classification:
6007: Ward equipment
Object Name:
iron lung
Location:
On Display