A 31-year-old Australian woman who has lived in an iron lung for eleven years gave birth on Tuesday, November 21, to a healthy baby girl weighing sight pounds 10 ounces (3.9 kilos).
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Background: A 31-year-old Australian woman who has lived in an iron lung for eleven years gave birth on Tuesday, November 21, to a healthy baby girl weighing sight pounds 10 ounces (3.9 kilos).
The baby was delivered by forceps delivery.
Mrs. Barbara Millgate is believed to be the first woman in the world to conceive in an iron lung and give birth successfully. She had been almost totally confined to the iron lung in her home at Peak Hill -- about 250 miles (400 kms) west of Sydney -- since poliomyelitis left her paralysed form the neck down.
A doctor attending Mrs. Millgate -- who spent more than a month in hospital preparing for the birth -- said the top half of her iron lung was opened for about an hour during the birth and that she was given a blood transfusion to raise her blood pressure after the delivery.
Although she was described as "very tired" after the birth, Mrs. Millgate is reported as being well -- while the baby girl, so far unnamed, is said to have the strongest pair of lungs heard in the hospital for some time.