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When still a child, Maria Cristina de Abreu used to play with her brothers in a rural area in the municipality of Maringá (PR). 

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She was healthy and active until almost the first two years of her life. She got the Sabin polio vaccine in June 1970.  

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“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.  

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“When I got the vaccine, I already had symptoms of poliomyelitis. My father took me to the hospital 

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Maria Cristina’s health problems worsened over time. Joint pain became more intense and body movements became slower.  

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In addition, constant vomiting and weakness in her arms and legs became part of her routine. 

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The situation forced her and her family to move to São Paulo, where she would be accompanied with greater 

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infrastructure in the AACD, a non-profit organization that since 1950 has offered medical-therapeutic assistance