Needy patients to get new hips or knees for free next week

November 27, 2014 7:41 PM

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(Reuters Health) - Excruciating hip pain forced 50-year-old Army veteran David Chalker to leave his machinist job two years ago, a decision that led to mounting debt, inability to afford health insurance and even a move into his in-laws’ home with his wife and three daughters. But his family is counting on one operation next week - entirely free of charge - to change the course of both his health and finances.

The Long Island, New York resident is one of 120 patients scheduled for hip or knee replacement during the first week of December, provided by Operation Walk USA. The nonprofit organization is a coalition of 85 orthopedic surgeons in 23 states volunteering to operate on patients who do not qualify f...

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