Video of the Week: "The Last Few Polio Survivors"

November 20, 2018 Rene F. Najera

Polio is a vaccine-preventable disease that has almost been eradicated from the planet through the use of a safe and effective vaccine. Fifty-plus years ago, it ravaged children around the globe in an indiscriminate manner, leaving many of them unable to breathe on their own. For those who could afford it or have access to it, the Iron Lung was a way to keep breathing.

The following video is a short, but powerful, narrative of the lives of the last few people using iron lungs to live after being afflicted with polio.