Paul Alexander – ‘Iron Lung Man’ Dies at 78.

Paul Alexander popularly known as ‘Iron Lung Man’ dies at 78. He is a remarkable man who spent over 70 years living in an iron lung due to contracting polio at the age of six. He passed away at 78.

Alexander achieved numerous accomplishments as a published author, lawyer, and traveler despite his physical limitations.

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He graduated high school and college despite never attending class in person, went on to become a trial lawyer, and staged a sit-in for disability rights.

Alexander’s memoir, “Three Minutes for a Dog: My Life in an Iron Lung,” chronicled his extraordinary life and took five years to complete using a pen attached to a stick in his mouth. Even as new technologies emerged, Alexander remained in the iron lung, accustomed to its use.

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He built close relationships throughout his life, including with his caregiver Kathy Gaines. Despite his challenges, Alexander’s enduring positive attitude and determination left a lasting impact on those around him.

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