Pigeon Racer Margaret Is Flying High After Hip Replacement

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Pigeon Racer Margaret Is Flying High After Hip Replacement
Monday 13 March 2017

A patient who enjoys pigeon racing in her spare time is flying high again after undergoing hip surgery.

Margaret Williams has been given a new lease of life thanks to a total hip replacement at West Midlands Hospital.

The surgery means she can look forward to being outdoors enjoying her favourite pastime once again.

The 83-year-old, who is also a keen gardener, had been struggling with pain in her hip for 12 months which was restricting her day-to-day movement.

Margaret, of Quarry Bank, Dudley, visited her GP who referred her to West Midlands Hospital for the surgery.

She met with her consultant Mr Sohail Quraishi who explained to Margaret that her hip needed totally replacing and it was the best option for her.

Just weeks later, Margaret attended for surgery at the Halesowen-based hospital, where she spent three nights on the hospital ward after the operation before returning home.

Margaret said: “I reached the point where my hip was giving me so much pain that I couldn’t do the things that I’d always taken for granted.

“I went to see my GP and he recommended that I came to West Midlands Hospital to see a consultant. The consultant Mr Quraishi was brilliant from the word go.

“He was a lovely man and put me at ease by explaining everything thoroughly to me before the operation and he checked on me a lot afterwards.

“Some people are nervous about operations but I just wanted it doing because I was in such pain.

“I’m so glad I did because the surgery has given me a new lease of life.”

Margaret and her partner Bill have won international competitions for pigeon racing and are proud of their achievements which have also received Royal recognition.

The couple’s prize pigeon, James The First, won The Mark Gilbert International Trophy in 2016, by fending off the challenge of hundreds of other birds in a race stretching over 2,079 miles.

Bill said: “We have been racing pigeons for years and have won trophies and awards but we were thrilled to win this competition.

“Myself and Margaret have always worked as a team, in life and with our pigeon racing hobby, but over the last year she has really struggled with her hip and wasn’t able to do as much in the garden and help with the pigeons.

“It’s wonderful to see her almost up-and-running again after such a long period of frustration and we are very grateful to the consultant and all the staff at West Midlands Hospital.”

Hip replacements are extremely popular with patients of different ages and make a huge difference to their quality of life.

The hospital uses state-of-the-art computer navigation techniques to assist with hip replacement operations

Margaret has also been aided with her recovery by attending the hospital for weekly physiotherapy sessions.

She added: “I’ve always been an active person and love being out in the garden working in our pigeon lofts.

“I was struggling to help Bill with the pigeons but the physio team at the hospital are helping me to get back up to full speed and I can’t wait to get going again.

“All the staff at the hospital were fantastic and looked after me so well and I’m very grateful to them all.”

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