104-year-old woman worlds oldest to undergo hip surgery

Noida,July 13: A 104-year-old woman from Greater Noida has become the oldest person in the world to undergo the complicated partial hip replacement surgery at a private hospital. 

Mateshwari Devi, who had suffered a fracture in her hip after a fall, is older than Edith Dewhurst of Stockport, Greater Manchester (UK), the oldest in the world to undergo such a surgery at the age of 103 years.

Devi, who was born in 1911 and has five children - Lilawati (80), Shushila (73), Narendra Singh (65), Phulwati (61) and Bindu (56), had a fall resulting in a fracture and traumatic arthritis of her left hip joint.

"She was suffering from pain in her left thigh and was bed-ridden. We took her to a hospital in Greater Noida where a diagnosis revealed that she had a fracture in her hip bone and the ball at the joint had dislocated," said her son Narendra, a retired UPPCL engineer.

She was then admitted to Jaypee Hospital in May and operated upon.

"Before the surgery, we conducted a whole body examination and review by a cardiologist, chest physician and nephrologists. We found her fit for surgery," said Dr Sanjay Gupta, joint replacement surgeon at Jaypee Hospital, adding that she was discharged in five days.

Devi is now doing her daily activities with the help of a walker. Doctors said it was challenging for them to take a decision for the surgery considering Devi's advanced age. Dr Anshumali Choudhary, anesthetist, said that administering anesthesia to a patient of her age involves high risks. A team of three doctors and medical staff took half-an-hour to perform the surgery.

"I convinced my family members for my mother's operation. We are happy that we took the decision," said Narendra.

When asked about the Guinness World Records, the family, residents of Sector Beta I, said as of now they have no plans to go for the record.