Niraj Vora contacted me by email as soon as I requested information, from my home in the United Kingdom, about the possibility of hip surgery in Mumbai. This was to set the pattern for our relationship and any questions I have had have been answered in a very timely manner. I was able to schedule a Total Hip Replacement at a time to fit in with an already scheduled World tour.
Dr Vora has an innate gift as a communicator and a student of humanity which totally compliment his skills as a extraordinary surgeon.
He set up the communication with Sunridges Specialty Hospital and came to visit me when I arrived at the hospital even though it was a Sunday afternoon. He came in to see me post op and his team monitored my progress on an hourly basis for the duration of my stay. Within 48 hours I was walking unaided and up and down stairs totally pain free and walked out of the hospital at the end of my 5 day visit.
All my post op queries have been answered and I am a completely and utterly satisfied patient. Niraj Vora is a surgeon and a teacher, a communicator and a healer and one of life's very special people. It has been a privilege to spend time with him and under his care and I count myself truly blessed to have come across such an individual.
Double packing in Week 5
Ann and I had a good time in Goa and spent a lot of time in the water and walking on wonderful smooth firm sand !! Fantastic rehab and just what the Doctor ordered!
We then went to Kerola to the Backwaters and then to Fort Kochi.
We are now in Sri Lanka and after a few days in Columbo have moved south by Trishaw and bus, both again great rehab.
I send this pic to show I can now, quite comfortably carry both our bags.
When we used to Canoe Expedition in the Canadian Border Area they term it "Double Packing" as one is carrying two bags.
These two weigh about 32 Kg.
So,many thanks yet again to you and your team for making this possible and do share the photo with them.
Best wishes Norman
Please find attached some pics from precisely five weeks after my operation.
We did a four hour trek in the Sinharaja rain forest here in Sri Lanka which included some very rough tracks, a river crossing and a swim under a waterfall!
More proof, should any be required of the wonderful skill of you and your team so please once again pass on my thanks.
Many thanks and Ann sends her regards to you all.
Seven weeks Post Op!!
Just to keep you and your team in the picture this was taken after an eight Km paddle into Vang Vien in Laos. The kayak trip followed a tubing experience on an underground river which was reached by a hike across paddy fields.
The Johnson and Johnson implants are performing admirable and living up to their high performance specification !!
Very best wishes
Watering Vietnamise Style, 8 weeks after my op !!!!
Huashan Mountains - Post Op X 13 weeks
Now in China in the Huashan Mountains the most venerated Holy Mountain in China.
Will visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, the old capital city and which, in the year 500, was the largest city in the world, before the bullet train to Beijing and then, after the Great Wall, travel overland to Katmandu.
Hip still exceeding expectations and you and your team are often in our thoughts and when we tell other travellers our story we are initially met with disbelief!!
Do give your colleagues our best regards and continued thanks for such well applied and wonderfully executed skills, care and professionalism.
Ann and Norman
05/08/2016 (7 months post op)
Still good, on Hot Water beach North Island NZ
Soon to Chile then Peru and the Inca trail !!
8 months post op:
NS practicing for the walk up,to Machu Pitchu in the Chilean foothills
Best wishes from outside Valparaiso
Machu Picchu at nearly 16,000 feet
Crossing the Pass on the Larez trail to Machu Picchu at nearly 16,000 feet arriving at Machu Pichu and about to swim with Sea Lions near Lima!!
Best wishes , newly arrived in LA
1 year following hip replacement, doing snow shoeing and down hill skiing
Just to further check out my now year old ceramic hip, some snow shoeing and down hill skiing!!!
So far, so marvelous and So many thanks
Best Alpine wishes,
Celebrate with a 5 Km run
I gave up running in 1992 when my left hip was worn .
That one was resurfaced in 1992 and then in 2016 I had Dr Vora special!!
I will be 70 in a few days time and intend to celebrate with a 5 Km run and these are some pics of my Training.
Best wishes to you all and keep up the amazing and inspiring work.
From a wet and windy England