Rosalind contracted polio in 1945 aged 20 while serving in the Wrens in Alexandria, Egypt. She tells of her hospital treatment and physiotherapy, going on to University on her own and subsequent work as a teacher.
Maureen contracted polio in 1951 aged 16 years, Maureen was one of the first people to be part of the Work Scheme in Newcastle.
Charlie contracted polio in 1932 aged 6 months. At 12 he was sent to Chailey Heritage school in Sussex. At school he learnt how to be a wonderful Artist and still does pen drawings to this day. He left Chailey when he was 16.
Stella contracted polio in 1955 aged 23yrs in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and in her interview she talks about her life.
Irene contracted polio in 1937 aged 7yrs. She was treated by Australian pioneer Sister Kenny who had more radical methods of treating polio than the establishment. However when Kenny left, all those that were treated by her were measured up for calipers the next day.
Sue contracted polio in 1952. Her story is also about her brother Peter who also had polio and was placed in an iron lung. Their mother, Val, kept a daily diary at that time. The family never fully recovered from what happened all those years ago.
Pat contracted polio in 1949 aged 6 whilst in hospital. Pat was an international Ladies Weightlifter. She will be refereeing at the London Paralympics in 2012.
Carol contracted polio in 1953 aged 4 1/2. She went to St.Loyes college and from there set up her own dress making business.
Verite Reily Collins
Verite contracted polio in 1956 In Turkey aged 15yrs. As an adult ran her own Public Relations business until she decided to write for magazines.
Bryan contracted polio in 1935 aged 15 months. His father sold his business and moved across the country to source the best treatment which had to be paid for as it was pre HNS. He later wrote an account of his childhood memories in hospital called Nightmare.
Chris contracted polio in 1954 aged 7. In her interview she talks about the trauma of hospital life. In later life she had and still has an amazing job.
Rossana contracted polio in 1957 aged 20yrs. She was a live in Nanny to a family in Portugal at that time.
Anne Wafula Strike
Anne contracted polio in Kenya in 1974 aged 2 1/2. A gripping story of her first months when the commitment of the family kept her alive and then tells of meeting her husband before moving to this country. Competed in the 2012 Paralympics.
Carol contracted polio in 1946 aged 2 1/2. Her hospital experiences are pre-NHS and tell and interesting story of treatment. Carol’s life in her younger years was taken up swimming for the I.P.F.
We could not provide our vital services without the people who support us. You will make a real difference to people living with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) by getting involved. No matter how big or small, your contribution will help people living with this neurological condition.
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