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How Man Who Lived In Iron Lung For Over 70 Years Dies At 78

TEXAS, USA – Paul Alexander, the man who spent over seven decades living in an iron lung, has passed away at the age of 78.

His death was confirmed by a fundraiser for his healthcare, though further details were not provided.

Christopher Ulmer, the organizer and disability-rights activist, shared the news on Alexander’s GoFundMe page, stating, “Paul Alexander, ‘The Man in the Iron Lung,’ passed away yesterday.

After surviving polio as a child, he lived over 70 years inside of an iron lung. In this time, Paul went to college, became a lawyer, and a published author.

His story traveled wide and far, positively influencing people around the world. Paul was an incredible role model that will continue to be remembered.”

Alexander’s journey began when he contracted polio at the age of six in 1952, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down and reliant on the iron lung machine to breathe.

Despite this immense challenge, he achieved remarkable accomplishments, including graduating from high school and college, becoming a lawyer, and publishing his memoir, “Three Minutes for a Dog: My Life in an Iron Lung.”

He defied the limitations imposed by his condition, attending university and law school, representing clients in court, and advocating for disability rights.

Using a modified wheelchair and writing with a pen attached to a stick in his mouth, he demonstrated extraordinary determination and resilience.

Throughout his life, Alexander maintained a positive outlook, pursuing his dreams, traveling, falling in love, and building meaningful relationships, including with his caregiver Kathy Gaines, who supported him for over three decades.

Despite advancements in medical technology, Alexander chose to continue using the iron lung machine, which had become integral to his life. He celebrated his 78th birthday earlier in 2024, having surpassed numerous challenges and obstacles.

Alexander’s legacy extends beyond his remarkable achievements; he inspired countless individuals worldwide with his courage, resilience, and unwavering spirit.

As tributes pour in on social media, he is remembered for his infectious smile and enduring impact on those fortunate enough to have known

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