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Paul Alexander from Dallas, USA has relied on an ‘iron lung’ to help him breathe and live since he was six years old.
As a boy, after going out to play with his brother, he came home with a fever, muscle aches, and inexplicable fatigue. After the illness, he was left paralyzed from the neck down and unable to draw air into his chest on his own.
“I had become immobile. I don’t think I could even speak, so the hospital staff put me in a long hallway with all the other hopeless polio kids. Most of them were dead,” he explained.
Alexander then wakes up in an “iron lung” and has been attached to this machine ever since.
Despite the difficult circumstances, Alexander finished high school and received two law degrees, wrote a book about his life. In addition, he has spent years practicing as a lawyer and running his legal practice from a specially modified wheelchair.
Now Paul has started a new activity – he created his profile on the “TikTok” website, where he started creating a video series called “Conversations with Paul!”.
In the first episode, he explains, “I’m paralyzed and living in an ‘iron lung’ because I can’t breathe on my own. I went to school with an “iron lung”. Now I am a lawyer. I have been doing it for 30 years. I wrote a book and gave it to the world, it’s about me and my polio. And millions of people know my name today. I have goals and dreams to accomplish a few more things before I go visit a place.”
“I want to talk to the world about polio and the millions of children who are not protected against polio. They need to be protected before another pandemic breaks out,” says Paul.