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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.57

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    october, pumped, history, cases, inventor, special, seconds, stayed, lived, rows, polio, travels, working, iron, during, save
     content words:    Philip Drinker, Harvard Medical School, John Emerson, Jonas Salk
Iron Lung

By Jody Williams
1     October 12, 1928, was a special day in history. A little girl was very sick. She was in the hospital. The hospital was in Boston. It was a special hospital for children. The little girl was having trouble breathing. Doctors thought that she would die. Thanks to the iron lung, she survived.
 
2     The iron lung was a machine. It helped people who could not breathe well on their own. It looked like a tube. It was made of iron. A person lay down inside. There was a hole in one end. The iron lung had a pump. It pumped air into the iron lung. The person's lungs filled with air. When his lungs were full, air was sucked out. It breathed for him.
 
3     The iron lung used in the Boston hospital was invented by Philip Drinker. He worked at Harvard Medical School. He was a teacher. The iron lung was invented to help people breathe. In 1928, the iron lung was used to save a little girl. She had a disease called polio. Polio is caused by a virus. It travels all over the body. It hurt the muscles. The girl's lungs had almost stopped working. Within seconds in the iron lung, she was breathing again.

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