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Upper Eden Rotary Club in Africa

The Rotary Iron Lung
Construction

Rotary started on the Polio eradication trail in 1985 at which time 350,000 souls per annum  were paralyzed by this disabling disease. By 2015 this number had decreased to 74 but the work was far from over and at least another 4 years of immunisation at an estimated cost of £5 billion is required to rid the World of Polio.

As a way of fund raising and increasing awareness, especially in the young, the idea of a trailer mounted Iron Lung seemed a novel approach that had certain merits. Having been primarily used in the 1940’s through to the 60’s (Lord Nuffield of Morris car fame manufactured 4000 units which he donated to the Nation) sourcing a unit proved impossible leaving no other option than the construction of a new one.

Steel was purchased and rolled

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Stiffening rings were produced

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

After a full day of welding the body took shape

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Bed track fabricated and installed and door/window apertures plasma cut.

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Support framework/legs welded into situ

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Head end fabricated to suit body

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

End supports and bed bolted into place

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Body returned from paintshop

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Fitment of windows, side doors, mirror, head rest etc. and drive temporary in place

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Having completed the Lung a trailer to house it in was then required. A second hand lorry back/box was acquired.

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Offloaded

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Dismantled with a bit of help

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

And flat packed for its parts

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

A caravan chassis was overhauled and a new strengthened floor added

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Walls put back into place

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Door openings created

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Roof reduced in size to suit body

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Completion of trailer fabrication

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

A coat of paint was required

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

External and internal art work added

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction

Lung installed and operational

Rotary Iron Lung - Construction