03/23/11 174 W - + 7 - 5 Raleigh Fire Department Receives Iron Lung, 1946

Here's another Library of Congress find, from the newspaper New Journal and Guide out of Norfolk, from an article dated November 30, 1946. They reported that the Raleigh Fire Department put a recently acquired iron lung to use, for a two-year old girl at St. Agnes Hospital. The child was from Mount Gilead and suffered from infantile paralysis. Neither St. Agnes nor Duke Hospital in Durham was equipped to treat her, so the child was placed in the fire department's iron lung in the clinic building at St. Agnes. She was subsequently admitted to the State Orthopedic Hospital in Gastonia, and transported by ambulance from Raleigh. She remained in the lung, while in transit. Presumably the iron lung was returned to Raleigh? Don't know enough medical history to understand the context of the device, and how they were used back then. Nor has Your Truly encountered any other record of this device in the service of fire department. Need to ask some of the oldest retirees about this. Very interesting!

they were more or less designed to breath for the person by pulling their chest up and down which forced air into the lungs. They were usually used for Polio patients. One of those random things I picked up in school
aw - 03/23/11 - 17:27

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