A North Dakota woman is the oldest known Polio survivor in the United States.
Voila Filler is 99-years-old.
Alexus Arthur has her story.
Viola Filler, Polio Survivor: “I’ve already found a word”
72 years ago, Viola Filler started feeling sick.”
Viola: “I had a real bad flu.”
She felt weak and noticed it became hard to do simple tasks around the house.
Viola: “Then the next morning as I tried to get out of bed I fell and my left leg was paralyzed and that was the beginning of my polio experience.”
Filler had been struck with polio on her 27th birthday.”
Viola: “I tried to be real cheerful during the day but evenings when the lights went out, the tears began to roll.”
Filler was married and had 4 kids.
Viola: “I struggled until this day… no not really, I overcome a lot of things.”
She sure didn’t let polio stop her from living her life.
Viola: “I’ve done the impossible but yet I went and did them.”
Filler’s youngest daughter, Connie, bought her an exer-cycle and it was a present she loved to have.
Connie Pate, Filler’s Daughter: “She rode that exer-cycle 3 miles a day.”
She was on the bike until she was 88 years old and when the family sold the bike, it had 25,000 miles on it.”
Connie Pate, Filler’s Daughter: “If you see something you just got to go do it.”
Filler says she’s proud of all the things she’s accomplished in her life.”
Viola: “You better keep on going, you got to try.”
And she continues to make history.”
Viola: “It’s a miracle that I am still here.”
In Harvey, Alexus Arthur, KX News.
Filler’s centennial birthday is a few months away.
Her big day…Septmeber 23rd.