Patty Goodman – A Child Polio Victim and Survivor Patty was fourteen years old living in Lima, Peru with her family when she was first afflicted by polio. Her father was a pilot stationed at an air base in Peru. Patty remembers clearly that it was early in the morning and she was just waking up when her father entered her bedroom. She tried to rise to greet him as she normally did each morning but fell back in the bed. She developed high fever and was diagnosed with the flu. When the fever did not subside after a few days, her father flew in a doctor and Patty was diagnosed with polio.