Wow. Just when I think I've heard it all, and nothing can move me or surprise me, I read this today on CNN headline news. Almost 60 years in an Iron Lung. The amazing will of the individual, along with the dedication of her care givers to avoid bed sores and infections... what an incredible story. I want to know more. The article leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
For almost 60 years, Dianne Odell lived inside a 7-foot-long metal tube, unable to breathe outside it but determined not to let it destroy her spirit.
From her 750-pound iron lung, she got a high school diploma, took college courses and wrote a children's book about a "wishing star" named Blinky.
"I've had a very good life, filled with love and family and faith," she said in 1994. "You can make life good, or you can make it bad."
Odell, 61, died Wednesday when a power failure shut off electricity to the tube and stopped the pump drawing air into her lungs.
Edited by Hambil, 29 May 2008 - 03:21 AM.