Health reporter Karrey Britt waits nervously with her husband, Chris Hoppe, before right hip replacement surgery Thursday, May 19, 2011, at Kansas University Hospital. Britt, who was born with congenital hip dysplasia, had surgery at age 2. This surgery was the first she has needed since then.
In this family photograph Karrey Britt is pictured on March 4, 1972, in traction as an early attempt to correct her congenital hip dysplasia at St. John's Hospital in Salina, Kan.
Health reporter Karrey Britt laughs with occupational therapist Kristen Phenicie as the two practice basic means of maneuverability on the first day of walking after her hip surgery, Friday, May 20, 2011, in her room at Kansas University Hospital.
Karrey Britt waits for occupational therapist Kristen Phenicie on Friday, May 20, 2011, at Kansas University Hospital. Around her left wrist is a bracelet identifying her as a "fall risk" to alert hospital personnel.
Journal-World health reporter Karrey Britt and physical therapist Bethany Stadalman take their first walk outside and down the block during a therapy session on Thursday, May 26, 2011.
Physical therapist Bethany Stadalman works with Karrey Britt on strengthening exercises during a home therapy session following her hip replacement surgery, Thursday, May 26, 2011.
Karrey Britt takes slow steps around her room as physical therapist Bethany Stadalman works with her on strengthening exercises during an in-home therapy session following her hip replacement surgery, Thursday, May 26, 2011.
Dr. Doug Stull, an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoKansas, displays some of the hardware used for a hip replacement during an interview on Thursday, June 7, 2011.
Karrey Britt and her husband, Chris Hoppe, look at an X-ray of her pelvis, which shows the artificial hip on her right side during a follow-up visit, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at Kansas University Hospital.
An X-ray of Britt's pelvis shows the right hip with the artificial implant.