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This Day In History: Franklin D. Roosevelt Stricken With Polio

August 10, 2016

This day in history, former President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was stricken with Poliomyelitis in 1921.

On that day, FDR was spending time with his family in Campobello, New Brunswick on board the family sailboat, The Vimeo. He then took his children swimming at their favorite pond before racing his two sons back home. When back home, Roosevelt complained of having exhaustion, chills, nausea and pain in his lower back.

After waking up the next day, his right knee became weak and he had stabbing pains in the back of his legs and it got even worse when he had trouble moving at all and could not urinate and could barely hold a pencil.

He was originally diagnosed with a summer cold and later a blood clot.  After looking further into FDR’s symptoms, including the fever and chills, he was diagnosed with poliomyelitis after receiving a lumbar puncture.