Friday, July 15, 2016

The Iron Lung at Eloise

North Towanda Evening News, February 3, 1944 (enlarge)
Although the iron lung was closely associated with the treatment of Polio I've been unable to ascertain just what ailed Anthony Rojeski. Whatever it was that paralyzed him didn't prevent those who loved him from sustaining his life after the doctors at Eloise had apparently given up hope for his recovery.

His wife and six friends took shifts administering food via an eyedropper and apparently monitoring the machine. Which appears to be the Both Respirator type of iron lung from the newspaper photo. If this death record is his, and it seems to be, then he hung on for another 6 years.

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