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June 01, 2008



Note to self: Do regular testing of back up generator, so when you actually need it, it will work.


Thanks Bean, I didn't know these things still existed. WOW, poor woman!


This is a sad story, but my co-workers all agreed - if any one of us had to be in an iron lung, just give us the magic juice. kill me. to be trapped in a cylinder for 60 years is more of a tragedy to me.


you would think that in todays world there would be a battery backup...who knew old technology was still around


Like Nicole, I, too, wonder about the quality of life for this woman and for her family. I hope, in the grief her family suffers, that they will also find a new freedom.

I think this is a good opportunity for all of us to think about how we want to live our lives and write those wishes down in an Advance Directive.


Hi. Yes, sad indeed. This happened not far from my home (2 hours away) and we here in Tennessee have been asking several questions: 1.) Why didn't they have a back-up for the back-up generator? And B.) Even in Tennessee, we have 911. Anybody think to call? By the way, you can still be sad when you TiVO catches up.


I was saddened to hear of her death when I read the story online a couple of days ago in the L.A. Times. But also surprised that iron lungs were still being used. I had no idea.

I think it's a good thing that you posted this story for others to be aware.

Kings Fan

Wow, what a sad story. I also get bummed out when my TiVo catches up with real time and I have to sit through commercials.

Ernie Mendoza

WOW I normally would say who needs this? This time however I aplaude you my friend, this would have been the most interesting person to interview to see what she felt about being stuck in an object and only experiencing the world through a mirror or tv. I would love to do the autopsy on her.


60 years?! no thanks. although i guess that's all she knew having gone in as a 3-year-old. you don't miss what you never had.

Eric Molder

In regards to your Iron Lung story...You are the first person to whom has used the PPS after the PS correctly...I hate when people use PSS...It is not 'post script script'. Don't you agree?

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