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Granddad told of broken neck 59 yrs late

John RichardsA granddad has just discovered he has been living with a broken neck for 59 years. John Richards, 74, did not know he had fractured vertebrae when he fell from a tree while stealing apples as a 16-year-old in 1948.

He was treated at the time for a broken wrist but doctors missed the other life-threatening break. John, who felt no specific pain in his neck, got on with an active life working on a farm, and playing football and cricket. He even boxed for 15 years at a gym with no idea that one “wrong” blow could kill him.

The break was only spotted when John went for a routine check-up with his GP last month. He complained of pain when the doctor prodded his shoulders and neck — and a scan revealed the amazing truth. John, of Yatton, Somerset, was rushed to hospital, where surgeons put an inch-long bolt in his neck to finally repair the fracture.

Now he has to put up with mickey-taking pals who call him Frankenstein. And he said: “I was much happier before the operation. Now I can’t twist my head round properly.” John said: “I can’t believe it. I’ve had such an active life and all the while I’ve had a broken neck.

Link & Image: The Sun
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