David went back into hospital for a week to have bone transplanted from his pelvis to the “bad” leg. At the same time, the thin metal rod and a bolt was removed. The operation went well and David is now reconvalescing. Although this seems a bit of a set-back, it was essential because the bone had not regrown adequately in the meanwhile, and David was basically only standing on metal rods and not on bone. The transplanted bone material forms the basis for new bone that will grow when subjected to a degree of pressure. That is the theory: we should know more at the end of January.
The pictures show the Christmas tree at the main entrance to the hospital, a symbolic hospital meal, and plaster number 8 in a fetching Christmassy red!