The worst polio outbreak year in US history took place in 1952, a year before Lillard was infected. There were about 58,000 reported cases. Out of all the cases, 21,269 were paralyzed and 3,145 died.
Do they want stuff like this to be necessary DIY Iron Lung from 1952
More on the last people still using Iron Lungs. Martha Lillard (69), Paul Alexander (70), & Mona Randolph(81).