Emmet Co. Woman Gets Knee Surgery As Gift From Operation Walk US - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Emmet Co. Woman Gets Knee Surgery As Gift From Operation Walk USA

Posted: Updated:

Doctors at an Emmet County hospital gave one Petoskey woman an early Christmas present.

McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey did Kristine Gates' knee surgery for free.

It's all a part of "Walk USA." Operation Walk USA an organization that provides knee and hip replacement to those who wouldn't get help otherwise.

Gates says she's thankful to have the surgery.

From anesthesia to physical therapy, it's all a gift.

Kristine says, "You can't express what a gift this is. My knee was bowing out and going crooked and my mobility was really bad. It was hard to get out of a car. All those things that I like to do like hiking, biking, kayaking, bowling, all of those things, I couldn't do anymore."

Doctors participating in the program say it serves as a reminder of why they got into medicine... to simply help people.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mobile Meth Lab Found During Wexford County Traffic Stop, Three Arrested

    Mobile Meth Lab Found During Wexford County Traffic Stop, Three Arrested

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:11:27 GMT
    Police are still looking for this man tonight after running away during a traffic stop. Troopers say they found chemicals and meth making items in the woman's car on Sunday in South Branch Township. 
    Police are still looking for this man tonight after running away during a traffic stop. Troopers say they found chemicals and meth making items in the woman's car on Sunday in South Branch Township. 
  • Shepler Baby Delivered in Mackinaw City Ferry Parking Lot

    Shepler Baby Delivered in Mackinaw City Ferry Parking Lot

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:52:44 GMT
    An unexpected an exciting day last week at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry as a baby was born on the Mackinaw City dock. Mom and Dad made it onto the ferry heading back to Mackinaw City thinking they could make it to the hospital in time.
    An unexpected an exciting day last week at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry as a baby was born on the Mackinaw City dock. Mom and Dad made it onto the ferry heading back to Mackinaw City thinking they could make it to the hospital in time.
  • Motorcyclist in Serious Condition After GT County Crash

    Motorcyclist in Serious Condition After GT County Crash

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:04 AM EDT2014-08-27 13:04:13 GMT
    One man is still in serious condition after a motorcycle accident in Grand Traverse County. Tuesday evening, Brian Marek, from Traverse City, was riding his motorcycle southbound on South Long Lake Road...
    One man is still in serious condition after a motorcycle accident in Grand Traverse County. Tuesday evening, Brian Marek, from Traverse City, was riding his motorcycle southbound on South Long Lake Road...