A message from Maggie
We are John and Maggie Prestwich and we live
in a small village in Hertfordshire, England. Our lives are
somewhat out of the ordinary as John has, for over 50 years, been completely paralysed below his chin and
entirely dependent 24 hours of the day on artificial
ventilation to keep him alive. He contracted bulbar polio
during the week of his 17th birthday in 1955. Requiring 24
hour a day care, for the first 16 years John was permanently
in hospital, but in 1971 we got married and came to live in
our own home.
"John in hospital in an iron lung"