The Mütter Museum

12/03/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2019 11:16

It's Giving Tüesday at the Mütter!

December 03 2019

Here at the Mütter it's Giving Tüesday, and this year we're raising funds to restore and display our Irong Lung-one of only a handful left in the world! Our 640-pound Irong Lung is such an important part of medical history and shows us how far we've come in understanding infectious diseases in just a few decades.

Why should you care about the Iron Lung?

  • The iron lung was developed in 1929 and provided breathing support for paralyzed polio patients
  • Polio is a contagious viral illness that in its most severe form causes nerve injury leading to paralysis, difficulty breathing and sometimes death
  • 57,628 polio cases were reported in the United States in 1952, more than 21,000 of them paralytic cases

Learn more by watching the videos on our YouTube Channel about the history of polio and the Iron Lung, the first polio vaccines, and why it's important to get it on display at the Mütter!

All money raised for Giving Tüesday will go to getting our Iron Lung safely on display with updated labels and text! Some of our very generous Fellows and Trustees have agreed to match donations up to $5,000. Our goal for this Giving Tüesday is to raise $10,000 and we need your help to do it!

There are lots of ways to help with Giving Tüesday: tell friends about it, share the Museum's posts and stories, add a donate button for the Museum in your Instagram stories, become a member, visit the Mütter, or make a donation today!