Post polio syndrome

Richard Daggett

A recent outbreak of polio in Syria has raised concerns over global effort to eradicate the disease. Although polio hasn’t been seen in the US for years, the effects of the virus are beginning to reappear in the health care system through a condition known as Post-Polio Syndrome.

Richard Daggett contracted polio as a 13 year old at the height of the epidemic in the early 1950s. Roughly 30 years after he’d recovered from the disease he went through what seemed to be a relapse, experiencing weakened muscles and breathing issues. At the time, Post-Polio syndrome was a little known condition.