Medical City Fort Worth December 12, 2017

Patient Kerriff James with orthopedic surgeon Thad Dean, DO.

As a teen in Jamaica, Kerriff James’ aspiration to be a professional cricket player was crushed by a freak accident that fractured his hip. But after years of pain and struggling to walk, James – now age 28 -- is receiving the gift of life-changing hip replacement surgery, courtesy of Medical City Fort Worth.

Before his hip injury, James, who lives in a rural village in Jamaica, was on track to try out for the West Indies multi-national cricket team. But an attempted hip repair in his home country left him walking with pain and a pronounced limp.

Orthopedic surgeon Thad Dean, DO, and the Medical City Fort Worth surgical team will perform hip replacement surgery on Wed., Dec. 13. This charitable care project was organized by internal medicine physician Omesh Singh, DO, who also practices at Medical City Fort Worth. Dr. Singh connected with James during annual summer medical mission trips to Jamaica where medical volunteers treat more than 500 patients over the course of a week.

“My hip problem limits my mobility. Walking hurts, as well as standing for long periods of time,” James said in between pre-operative tests at Medical City Fort Worth on Monday. “The technology and expertise to repair my hip just isn’t available for me in my home country. This is like a miracle – it means so, so much to me. It’s hard for me right now not to cry. I am just very thankful for this opportunity.”

“Kerriff used to stand 6’4” and now stands only 5’8” because of his hip condition,” Dr. Singh said. “He is a very special gentleman. He serves as the local ambulance driver and helps us with our medical mission every year, even with this hip ailment. People in his village must travel up to two hours see a doctor. I wanted get this surgery done for him at Medical City Fort Worth, where we have such expert and excellent medical care. I’m excited we were able to get this all set up to help Kerriff, with the cooperation of Medical City Fort Worth, several medical specialists and Stryker – the vendor that makes the hip replacement system.”

Dr. Singh completed his medical residency at Medical City Fort Worth.