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Longest lasting artificial hips: Norman Sharp broke Guinness World Records record
LONDON, UK — Mr. Norman Sharp was just 23 when, in November 1948, had both new hips implanted in what was then a ground-breaking operation at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore, near London; those hips have survived to this day, making him a record holder for having the longest lasting artificial hips, according to the World Record Academy.
Norman Sharp, 91, was 23 when he had the first hip replacement operation of its kind ever done on the NHS in 1948. The pensioner from Trowbridge in Wiltshire has been listed as a record-breaker for having the longest lasting artificial hips, with experts amazed at how they have survived so long.
…The hips, which are made of a special alloy called Vitallium, developed in the USA in 1932, were implanted by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Philip Newman in what many think was the first procedure of its kind by the then newly formed NHS.