Together in sickness

Husband and wife Arthur and Beverley McCusker are recovering in hospital together after undergoing the same back surgery on the same day. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d401947
Husband and wife Arthur and Beverley McCusker are recovering in hospital together after undergoing the same back surgery on the same day. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d401947

The Mount Hospital patients, who travelled from Albany for the procedure, are sharing the same hospital room.

‘We both got cages ” his cage is a bit longer than mine. It holds vertebras in place,’ Beverley said.

‘I feel a lot better just to be out of pain. No-one knows what the pain’s like.’

After having her knee operated on last June, Beverley feared the other had ‘gone’ before being told the problem stemmed from her back.

‘I couldn’t walk on one leg at all and I was throwing all my weight on the knee I had surgery on and it was blown up like a football’