Woman Who Spent Life in Iron Lung Dies

29 May
Posted: 2008-05-29 08:17:16

MEMPHIS, Tenn. May 2 – A woman who spent nearly 60 years of her life in an iron lung after being diagnosed with polio as a child died Wednesday after a power failure shut down the machine that kept her breathing, her family said.

Dianne Odell, 61, had been confined to the 7-foot-long machine since she was stricken by polio at 3 years old.

Family members were unable to get an emergency generator working for the iron lung after a power failure knocked out electricity to the Odell family’s residence near Jackson, about 80 miles northeast of Memphis, brother-in-law Will Beyer said.  [more]

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Posted by on May 29, 2008 in Health, South


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One response to “Woman Who Spent Life in Iron Lung Dies

  1. V.E.G.

    June 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Two days after Dianne Odell died, Lorenzo Michael Murphy Odone died of pneumonia, one day after his thirtieth birthday.


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