“They’re used for people who have been injured during traumatic events. Most doctors or other medical personnel don’t know the purpose of an iron lung.”
We do a bit of research on the world wide web.. It said that the iron lung actually had been invented by the Germans. I didn’t believe it for a second so we googled “German iron lung with a lung.” It said that the patent holder was a German doctor named Werner Humboldt. Humboldt actually did invent the iron lung. He also invented the “breathing machine” which is the first breathing machine that used an iron lung.
So in 1933, we do a bit of research on Humboldt. On the web, another guy calls himself Dr. Manny. We actually find a Dr. Manny. I had heard about the Humboldt name. So in 1945, the man Dr. Manny is on his death bed, he remembers a name. I guess he doesn’t remember the name of his own father. If you have any information on Dr. Manny, please post it in the comment section. I’ll put the information in the post itself.
So Dr. Manny passed away in 1957, in Germany, at the age of 84. Then, in 1960, we visited his office. He had just gotten up from his hospital bed. They left him a little gift, a gift of letters. In a few brief words, he said he’s a nurse now and I am his patient. Thank you! You’ve let me be a nurse!
Another thing, the people who helped us locate the machine were German. So I’ll use some of their stuff, but please read the comments for more information.
Dr. Manny wrote this letter to a man named Victor Deutsches who died of pneumonia just before his 80th birthday. Victor died of pneumonia. A few days later, the doctor, in fact, gave his old patient CPR, when a nurse walked in, and stopped the bleeding. She said, “Hello, there is the person who wants to give you blood.”
Well, it seemed fitting for Deutsches to give Dr. Manny the gift of letters to thank him. The letter was a small gift with two letters attached which Dr. Manny wrote to this little man. It’s a bit hard to translate the English when you don’t speak German. But it’s here. He says the gift is “a small thing that brought me joy in life, to know that it was given to me before I retired and is being used for someone else.” And then he adds, “a little gift to honor you, to show that I’ll always care about you and your wife.”
So here’s the gift. A small thing that brought me joy in life, to know that it was given to me before I retired and is being used for someone else.
Here’s another part of this letter from Dr. Manny. It tells the story of his “discovery” of the iron lung. This time, it’s a little more graphic. Dr. Manny writes, “in 1928, I learned of a curious discovery of iron particles inside the mouth of an American. The man had been trapped inside a machine in 1920 for a year. In 1928, I decided to find out (no words required). I had heard people describing the process several times but I always saw the man crawling around in the machine and didn’t understand how he was alive. After many, many trips, I finally discovered the blood. I went to the doctor and asked him to give me a sample of his blood. I then placed the blood in a machine that would make the iron be brought into the machine.
After about an hour, he awoke. He had no pulse, he was dead. He had been trapped in the machine for twelve years. I asked him if he had found a way out. He said “no”. The only thing I could do then was to try and see if something would happen if I could get the machine started. I started the machine up, waited a few minutes. He seemed to struggle to get up. The machine started up.
A few minutes later, he started to talk. He was telling me about some times he had in the past. He said that he has this amazing machine. He said it was so much better than anything else. “In the past I was a nurse, a young nurse. In the past I had good jobs. I got so good at them that I could do stuff