Hip op patient gets back to peak fitness for fundraiser


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A MAN who had both hips replaced is celebrating being back on his feet with a charity walk up Snowdon, one year and one day after the operation.
Darren Langston from Bronwylfa, near Llanymynech, has been recovering over the last 12 months from a double hip operation he had at the Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen on June 13 last year.
Now he and a group of friends plan to climb Snowdon on June 14 to mark his recovery and raise money for the hospital’s Clwyd Ward, where he was treated.
The 43-year-old said: “I’m feeling quite up for it, I have been doing general exercise and getting my stamina up. At the moment I’m feeling pretty good about it, however I will probably feel a bit anxious as the time comes nearer.”

Mr Langston had to have the operation after he began having difficulties walking. At first he believed the trouble he was having, which started three years ago, was down to muscular injuries, but after consultations at the hospital in Gobowen, it was found that his hips were the cause of his mobility problems.
“Before I had the operation I couldn’t walk more than 15 feet without being in pain. Afterwards I was on crutches for about six weeks and I had to be quite careful but after that I was fine, it’s been a successful operation,” added Mr Langston. “I love cycling, walking and being outdoors and the hospital did a fantastic job of getting me back to doing these things, so it’s to thank them.”
The group is hoping to complete the walk up Snowdon within six hours and they would like to raise as much as possible for the ward. A Just Giving page is currently being developed and to sponsor the group call Mr Langston on 07854 766036.

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