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Last Updated: Monday, 27 March 2006, 20:25 GMT 21:25 UK
First hospital op for woman, 102
A great-great-grandmother has become one of the oldest people in the world to have a hip replacement.

Despite being 102, Mabel Blackwell was given the all-clear to have surgery - the first hospital treatment she has ever needed, even giving birth at home.

The operation took place at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where staff were amazed by her fast recovery.

The excellent health of Mrs Blackwell, from Ross on Wye, convinced doctors she was well enough to be operated on.

'Working well'

From a young age she vowed to live until at least 100 and is nick-named Able Mabel by her family.

"I've always got a smile for people and they tell me I always look happy," she said.

She has avoided any hospital treatment until now, even giving birth to her four sons at home.

Nadi Kalap, surgeon, said: "There was very few things wrong with her apart from her hip arthritis everything else seemed to be working very well and she's remarkably fit for 102."

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