Can you imagine a machine that breathes for you?
In the 1940s and 1950s these machines, later known as "iron lungs," lined hospital wards at the height of polio outbreaks. Iron lungs provide temporary and permanent breathing support for people suffering paralysis of the diaphragm and intercostal muscles.
This Giving Tüesday we need your help to get one of the largest objects in our collection restored and back on display for visitors to see again! Donate below and your gift will be doubled thanks to a generous match from our generous Board of Trustees!