Hutchinson man shoots film about polio survivors

By: AP
By: 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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