According to the Rentons, Cavendish "questioned mercilessly and passed on gossip as happily as he received it, but somehow the malice disappeared as it went through him.
He had a natural graciousness: his lack of evident resentment at his own condition made helping him a positive pleasure." Cavendish died on August 8, 1994 at Drayton St Leonard, Oxfordshire, England at the age of 64, becoming a medical phenomenon as one of the longest-living polio survivors in Great Britain.
Others included a lightweight ventilator that ran on batteries, and a modified aircraft seat fitted with electronic aids. Cavendish and Diana refused to accept Cavendish's condition as a major restriction, travelling widely until a short time before his death.
Littlemore received government funding to make another forty chair-and-ventilator sets. Spencer, the consultant in charge of the Lane-Fox Unit at St Thomas's Hospital in London, co-founded the charity Refresh in 1970 to raise the money toward the construction of Netley Waterside House, a holiday complex overlooking Southampton Water on the South Coast whose facilities provided for the care of severely disabled responauts as they and their families enjoyed the attractive surroundings. They often drove from Oxford to London in their specially adapted van, returning home late at night.
In 1962, Cavendish and his friend Teddy Hall, the Oxford University professor, developed a wheelchair with a built-in respirator that freed Cavendish from confinement to his bed, which became the model for future devices of its type, Determined that mobility should be available to other polio survivors, Cavendish raised money from the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust for the first dozen chairs, and eventually persuaded the then British Department of Health to fund a series of chairs, which were manufactured by Teddy Hall's company, Littlemore Scientific Engineering.
After testing them on himself, Cavendish helped to market pieces of equipment that improve the quality of life of disabled people.
Most notable among these was the Possum, which Cavendish developed with scientists at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and which allowed users to use the telephone, turn on a television or adjust a home's central heating with only a left-or-right movement of their head.
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