Iron lung on display in Yate
MEMBERS of Yate Rotary Club are displaying a piece of medical history in the vtown as they battle to eradicate a debilitating disease.
Iron lungs were used to prolong the lives of people with polio suffers in the latter half of the 20th century and the club will display one at East Walk, close to Tesco in Yate, on April 25 and 26 to raise awareness of the continuing battle to eradicate polio from the world.
They wil also be collecting money towards the immunization work Rotary supports.
Over the last 30 years, Rotary Worldwide has donated more than £1 million to the polio eradication effort and has protected over 2.5 billion children from the disease through vaccination programmes. Rotary spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 polio cases a day in 125 countries, paralysing and even killing children.