Turned down by hospitals in the UK and US, Ugandan national Agnes Kalibbala approached a city hospital on a wheelchair with a broken hip last month. On Wednesday, the African diplomat climbed the stairs of the flight back home on her own.
The 55-year-old successfully underwent her fourth revision total hip replacement at the LH Hiranandani Hospital in Powai on October 7, a rare and risky procedure, claim doctors.
Kalibbala had earlier undergone four such surgeries in Netherland, UK and South Africa. “I broke my left hip in a major car accident in 1980,” said Kalibbala. “But as I grew older, the hip implants would get loose forcing three revision surgeries.” This July, she fell down and hurt herself again.
Dr Vijay Shetty, consultant orthopedic surgeon at Hiranandani hospital decided to go for the rare surgery. “Fourth revision in a patient is very rare. In her case, it was risky because the entire bone was reused and operated upon earlier by four surgeons, making it soft and breakable. There was also a high risk of fractures while operating,” said Shetty.