"Get Me to the Church On Time"

A wedding.

An accident.

A countdown.

An encounter with a speeding bus left a young Alan MacDonald with a dislocated hip and an intense fear of falling.

While he managed to steer clear of another accident for the next 50 years, Alan recently stepped on an uneven flagstone at his home in Orono, about one hour east of Toronto, rolled over his left ankle and broke his calf bone.

Alan’s new injuries put a huge strain on the hip he injured 50 years earlier. He was almost completely immobile—and his daughter’s wedding was just six months away. There was no way he could walk her down the aisle.

Alan’s family doctor referred him to Dr. James Waddell, an orthopedic surgeon at St. Michael’s. Due to his extreme need for hip replacement surgery and opportune timing, Dr. Waddell’s team was able to fit Alan in for surgery.

The patient care at St. Michael's is first class. Everyone I met was so supportive, knowledgeable and professional.
With the help of regular physiotherapy, he not only walked his daughter down the aisle, but he also danced all through the night.