MINEOLA, N.Y. – A woman who was rescued as an infant in 1920 when she was placed in a Coney Island sideshow incubator has died. Lucille Conlin Horn was 96.
The Hungerford & Clark Funeral Home says the Long Beach, New York, resident died Feb. 11. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Horn was among thousands of premature babies born in the early 20th century who were saved by Dr. Martin Couney. He was a pioneer in the use of incubators who sought acceptance for the technology, showing it off at carnivals alongside freak shows.
After Horn's twin sister died at birth, her father took her to Couney. She told The Associated Press in 2015 she stayed with him for five months.
She was buried Tuesday in Brooklyn, next to her sister.