Young patient at Royal Alexandra Hospital, 1940s

Young patient at Royal Alexandra Hospital, 1940s

A colourised photograph of a young girl at Royal Alexandra Hospital, using her foot to read a picture book. We have no records of what she was being treated for. Polio was common in the 1940s, but it is unlikely that it would have caused paralysis of the upper body, rather than the legs. Judging by the fairly healthy-looking smile on her face, it is possible she was on a path to recovery, but was asked to pose for the photo.

Image courtesy of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.