78-year-old man who spent almost his entire life in an iron lung dies

78-year-old man who spent almost his entire life in an iron lung dies

A Texas man who spent most of his 78 years breathing with an iron lung built a huge social media following by chronicling his life from contracting polio in the 1940s to earning a degree in lawyer has died.

Paul Alexander He died Monday at a hospital in Dallas, said his longtime friend Daniel Spinks. He indicated that Alexander had been hospitalized with COVID-19but did not know the cause of death.

Alexander was 6 years old when he started using the iron lung, a cylinder that wrapped around his body so that the pressure in the chamber forced air in and out of his lungs. In recent years, she had millions of views on her TikTok account called “Conversations with Paul.”

“He loved to laugh,” Spinks said. “He was one of the shining stars of this world.”

Attorney Paul Alexander speaks with his caregiver and friend Kathryn Gaines in an April 27, 2018, file photo. (Smiley N. Pool)

Alexander told the Dallas Morning News in 2018 that he was driven by faith, and that his late parents were “magical” people and “extraordinary souls” who gave him motivation to succeed.

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