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Hatfield’s Santa won’t let ‘old bones’ stop his duties

August 24,2017

by Sophie Blackman - Welwyn Hatfield Times

 

Excerpt: Hatfield, UK - Hatfield’s very own Father Christmas is putting his feet up after having a total knee replacement for the second time in three months – but says he’ll be back in his sleigh by December.

Roger Bartlett, 72, underwent the knee replacement recently after previously having two hip replacements and a hip revision operation.

Roger has played Santa Claus to thousands of children in the Hertfordshire area over the past 30 years.

Despite all the operations Roger – who can boast he has a Father Christmas beard most of the year – has never missed a single event at schools, churches, pubs and hospitals throughout the region.

 

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The man behind keeping Santa up and running is Spire Harpenden Hospital Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Brian Bradnock who has carried out all five hip and knee operations.

Mr Bradnock said: “Roger really is an amazing man. He is determined that nothing will slow him and so after each replacement he works hard at his physiotherapy to make sure his recovery is as good and quick as it possibly can be.

“He is also a fantastic advertisement for replacement surgery, proving that a damaged or worn out natural hip doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy an active lifestyle whatever your age.”

 

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