Published On: Sun, Oct 20th, 2013

My Brush with Polio

By Polly Hincks

Polio is a mystery. In its time it brought terror. It indiscriminently struck with minor flu-like illness in one person, death to the person next door, paralysis of the muscles in a leg or shoulder, or a lifetime spent in an iron lung.

Image/Rotary International

Image/Rotary International

I met up with this evil bug in August 1951.  I was pregnant and relaxing on the beach in front of my in-law’s cottage in Pine Orchard. My little son Bobby was digging holes in the sand with a new-found friend, while I passed time talking with the boy’s dad, a summer renter. The next day, his wife rushed over to use our phone to call an ambulance for her husband who was very sick.

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Polly Hincks is a polio survivor and a member of the Rotary Club of West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Join Rotary on World Polio Day, Oct. 24 for a live global update on the fight to end polio.

Used by permission from Rotary International

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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  1. Jonnie Bordeaux says:

    Therefore I am saying that people should take a drink for the polio .

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