Midlothian polio ‘survivors’ in sporting challenge

MIDLOTHIAN people affected by a debilitating neurological condition are being inspired to keep active through sport.

Thousands of athletes competing in the Paralympic Games will earn special cheers from individuals living with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).

Although polio was eradicated in Britain in the early 1960s, some of those affected by the epidemics between the 1930s and 1950s went on to develop weakness, stamina problems, fatigue and pain.

However, the Paralympian spirit is present among people in the Lothians, Fife and further afield who live with PPS.

The Paralympic Games were inspired by the pioneering work of Dr Ludwig Guttman at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire.

He introduced sport as a key part of the rehabilitation process for World War II veterans who had suffered spinal cord injuries.

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