Brooke S, Derek G, Max P.
What Is Polio?
Is there a cure?
What areas are affected by Polio?
What is being done to help?
What can I do to help?
Patti was only six months old when she contracted polio in 1949. She remembers nothing of her times in hospital for orthopedic surgery and she only vaguely remembers outpatient follow up clinic visits. She however has vivid and pleasant memories of being taken to weekly swims in the pool at Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto by a volunteer from the Rotary Club,
As a result of polio, Patti grew up with a wasted right calf, a drop foot and her right leg was approximately an inch shorter than her left. The surgeries to fuse her ankle and transfer muscle tendons enabled her to walk without aids although she has always lived with the challenge of split size shoes. One size 8 and the other size 5! Patti says shoe shopping has never been one of her guilty pleasures!
Polio did not stop Patti from achieving her dreams. She graduated from University of Toronto in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy in 1970. She moved to Hamilton, Ontario to work as a staff physiotherapist, later specializing in lower limb amputation rehabilitation. While continuing to work full time, she went back to school in 1991 where she earned her graduate degree from McMaster University. She has held several high level management roles. In 2003 she started her own consulting firm facilitating change management and overseeing projects in both healthcare and academic environments until her retirement in April, 2010.
She has participated in humanitarian projects in the Balkans and Kurdistan, Iraq. For pleasure, destinations like the Caribbean, Italy, Cuba, Greece, Dominican Republic, Egypt and Jordan. Patti had discovered a passion for travel!
Over the past couple of years, Patti has begun experiencing weakening of her grip strength in both hands, more instability in her right knee and a decrease in the distance that she can comfortably walk. She resorted to a single cane for the walk into Petra in Jordan last year. Her love of travel prompted her to consult a physiatrist this year. She has severe osteoarthritis in her right knee and is now “breaking in” an ankle foot orthosis which she says is helping her knee stability and walking tolerance significantly without the cane.
Projection of Polio
y- population afflicted
x- years since 1937
Growth Rate: 30% growth per year
10 Years in the Future: 8,714,666 people afflicted
50 Years in the Future: 314,763,856,400 afflicted
Cases will Triple: 4.2 years
Cases will Quadruple: 5.3 years
Explanation of Projection