The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore can lay claim to giving Norman Sharp, now 94, the world’s longest lasting hip replacement according to the Guinness World Records.
Norman was first admitted to the RNOH in 1930 at five years old and spent many years in and out of hospital – being treated for septic arthritis.
Norman’s progress was delayed by the start of World War 2 and he didn’t hear back from the doctors for nine solid years.
It was in 1948 when Norman received his life-changing hip replacement, that the Guinness World Records have named the longest lasting hip replacement lasting 71 years and counting.
Speaking to the Guinness World Records, Norman said: “I lived my life, I went to school, did everything the boys did. If there was a tree to climb, I climbed it. I might be up it like a monkey, with my arms, but I’d be up that tree with them.”
After his hip replacements, Norman became an apprentice tool maker and went onto start his own engineering firm.
The Guinness World Records said Norman has remained positive as ever.
He told them: “Life goes on, same as when you’re poorly. There’s a next day and yesterday is gone, you can’t get it back, you have to go forward. Look forward to tomorrow, it doesn’t matter how much pain you have.”