True Stories

 
 
Lucille Horn and her daughter Barbara in 2015. Although she was “not supposed to live a day,” she was 95 in this picture.

Lucille Horn and her daughter Barbara in 2015. Although she was “not supposed to live a day,” she was 95 in this picture.

Martin Couney’s “babies”

Martin Couney saved some 7,000 American babies. Some of them are still alive; the oldest I’ve spoken with was 98 (and sharp as a tack) when we talked. Almost everywhere I go, an audience member raises his or her hand to say, “I was one of those babies,” or “My parent was one of those babies.” To the left is Lucille Horn, who was “not supposed to live a day.” With Martin Couney’s help, she lived to be 96. Next to her is her daughter Barbara.

Some of these stories are in The Strange Case of Dr. Couney. Others are new to me, as Martin Couney’s former patients continue to come forward.

Stay tuned for more of these true stories.