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When Martha Mason read of the death this week of 61-year-old Dianne Odell due to a power outage that caused her iron lung to stop working, she said she found it "appalling."
Mary Dalton talks with Martha Mason in her Lattimore home. Dalton produced a 2005 documentary on Mason's life inside an iron lung.
(Mary Dalton)"It was sad news," Mason said. "When I read that article, I thought, it's so sad that something like that could happen."
Most anyone hearing the news might agree. But for Mason, Odell's death carried special significance.