Man Who Has Lived in a Hospital for 45 Years

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Paulo Henrique Machado has lived in a hospital for the entirety of his 45-year life. Following his birth, shortly after which his mother died, he was rendered almost completely paralyzed by polio.

Spending a day in hospital is uncomfortable enough, imagine spending decades.

Paulo Henrique Machado has lived in a hospital for the entirety of his 45-year life. Following his birth, shortly after which his mother died, he was rendered almost completely paralyzed by polio.

Over the years he’s become an expert computer animator and is currently working on creating a television series.

The animated show will be based on a book written by his lifelong friend and roommate, Eliana, about their unique experiences and challenges over the years.

Even though they’re continuously hospitalized, Paulo said that medical advances have afforded him and Eliana at least 50 outings, one of which was a particularly memorable trip to a beach.

Of feeling the water for the first time, Eliana said, "You enjoy these little moments, that many people take for granted. They don't stop to marvel like we do."

When not using his computers to work on the upcoming show, Paulo keeps in touch with his friends and supporters around the world via Facebook.

In addition to comments and updates, he posts pics of his room and growing collection of film memorabilia.

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