Hutchinson Man Shoots Film about Polio Survivors

By: AP
By: AP

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ A Hutchinson man working on a documentary about area survivors of polio, a crippling childhood
disease that swept the nation in the 1940s and 1950s.

Nathan Guy said he got the idea for the film a year ago when he went to a meeting of the Central Kansas Polio Survivors Group in Hutchinson. Guy said he was moved to make the film because the polio survivors he met ``have such a gung-ho attitude about overcoming obstacles.''

One woman in the movie spent six weeks in an iron lung, while another lost a son to the disease and had three other children who survived it. Polio killed thousands and left many others disabled.

He's been showing 9-minute trailer of the film to raise $30,000 to complete the documentary.

If Guy can finish the film, it will be shown at the Post-Polio Health International Conference April 23-25 at Warm Springs, Ga.

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