A toe-tapping hospital worker is back on the dance floor just months after major surgery.
Lynda Brooker ended six years of suffering when she had a hip replacement.
Now Lynda, the lead dietitian at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, is back in her dancing shoes and she’s already proving a hit in competitions.
She was second in the Latin dance category of the International Dance Teachers’ Association championships and fourth in the ballroom section, in the qualifying rounds for the national finals.
Lynda, 59, who has lived in Hartlepool for 36 years, said: “I love to dance. I dance at least four times a week at a studio in Hartlepool so being told to put your feet up and rest isn’t easy, but there was nothing else I could do.
“I was given a ceramic hip replacement which should last for between 25 and 30 years.
“I was dancing with considerable pain. My hip replacement was booked for March this year and I was told I couldn’t dance for about 12 weeks after it.”
But within six weeks of returning to dance training, Lynda shone once again.
She said: “I’ve been dancing for 11 years and I compete in the yearly IDTA National Amateur Ballroom and Latin dance competitions. To dance in the national finals in Blackpool, you need to compete in regional qualifiers. Only the first 16 qualify for Blackpool.
“Ballroom dancing had become very difficult. I’ve got a longer stride now, a greater range of movement and I am dancing much better. After only one and a half months of training, in the qualifiers for next year, I came fourth in ballroom and second in Latin.”
Lynda is no stranger to dancing success. She has been placed first eight times in past regional qualifying events in the Latin section and reached the last six in the national finals in Blackpool in both ballroom and Latin.
Lynda has even managed three runner-up spots at national level.
She praised the staff at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust for helping her to get back to full fitness after her operation at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
She said: “I had the operation on ward four, the joint replacement unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool. The operation took one and a half hours and I was awake as surgeons told me you have a better recovery.
“I didn’t feel anything. I had some pain after the operation but this only lasted between six and eight weeks.
“All of the staff were just great and the ward was lovely. I couldn’t have wished to be looked after any better.
“Orthopaedic consultant Rajani Kanth Logishetty has done a brilliant job. Shane Bohan, my physiotherapist gave me exercises to do and that’s got me up to a good level of fitness.
“I feel 100 per cent better and I’ve only got a five inch scar – it’s amazing!
“Dancing is just fantastic. It makes me feel great. I’m on my way to retirement age but I don’t feel like I am. I recommend dancing and healthy eating to help you feel younger.”