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[Perspectives] Frida Kahlo: endurance and art

In 1913, in the Coyoacán district of Mexico City, the 6-year old Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón contracted poliomyelitis, enduring a convalescence of 9 months. About 8500 people across the USA were to die as a result of the polio epidemics that raged between 1913 and 1916. Although the child was lucky to have survived, she contracted paralytic poliomyelitis, as a result of which the muscles of her right leg lost their function. Her limb became emaciated and the foot stunted, and as she grew, its failure to develop led to an imbalance in her pelvis and a curvature of her spine.

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