After breaking her back in 2000, Claire had a triple fusion in her lower spine, but by 2004 her knees were swelling and she was experiencing severe pain in her joints with walking becoming increasingly difficult. She was eventually referred to an orthopaedic consultant in 2008 who recommended bi-lateral knee replacements as a matter of urgency, but the NHS would not consider carrying out this procedure. However, as Claire’s spine was already fused she needed the simultaneous surgery to ensure she remained balanced. This is not a common surgery and it was essential for Claire to find a surgeon she could trust. After extensive research Claire met Mr Howard Ware, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and director of the Knee Unit at The Wellington Hospital. Claire says: "I trusted Howard on sight and he didn’t fail me. I won’t say that I loved every minute of my stay, but I couldn’t have had better care. The Wellington gave me my life back and I am forever grateful."