By xeto official 2022
When still a child, Maria Cristina de Abreu used to play with her brothers in a rural area in the municipality of Maringá (PR).
She was healthy and active until almost the first two years of her life. She got the Sabin polio vaccine in June 1970.
“At one year and eight months old, I couldn’t get out of bed”, says the woman from Paraná, who is now 53 years old.
“When I got the vaccine, I already had symptoms of poliomyelitis. My father took me to the hospital
Maria Cristina’s health problems worsened over time. Joint pain became more intense and body movements became slower.
In addition, constant vomiting and weakness in her arms and legs became part of her routine.
The situation forced her and her family to move to São Paulo, where she would be accompanied with greater
infrastructure in the AACD, a non-profit organization that since 1950 has offered medical-therapeutic assistance