THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) – At 72 years old, Jim Carr is a survivor. Sickened by polio at the age of three he survived months in an iron lung. While he says he can still get claustrophobic, he was young and the memories are mostly gone.
“In the hospital, it’s probably a good thing I don’t remember a lot of that,” he said. “I can assure you it was a lot harder on my parents than it was on me at the time.”
Polio was surging in 1952 when Jim was hit. America and the world were hoping for an answer to a disease that had been around for many decades. It had sent President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to a wheelchair, and it hit many children.
“There was a lot of fear. There was nothing they could do at the time to prevent it, you couldn’t hide from it,” he explained.
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