Una Ginnane spent two frustrating years in a wheelchair after doctors at five Montreal hospitals refused to give her a new hip at her age because she was deemed too fragile.
“I had to go private, to have a new hip, and I can assure you I don’t have the money,” said 90-year-old Ginnane, who took out a line of credit on her Montreal home last year to finance her hip replacement.
In June, Ginnane paid $19,000 for an operation at a private clinic that lasted 40 minutes. Once she woke up, Ginanne got off the gurney and walked.
“I was in a wheelchair for 20 months,” said Ginnane, who says her only regret is not going to a private clinic earlier. “I walked immediately — four small steps forward and four steps back.”