Flaminia de Mattei-del Balzo, born in 1952, suffered poliomyelitis in the quadriceps of her left leg at about eight months, in Collalbo, in northern Italy.
She received the best possible care at the time – including a muscle transfer. However, throughout her life, she has endured immense difficulties of a physical and psychological nature problems related to the disease.
Although mildly affected by the disease of polio and having managed to lead a normal life with work, marriage and children, over the years, muscle weakness has settled throughout her left leg despite physiotherapy. Osteoporosis affected only the left leg, causing many falls and serious fractures which required long hospitalizations and significant costs for insurance.
As a polio survivor, Ms. del Blazo is convinced the treatment of the consequences of polio by physiotherapists and specialists is very important.