Kathy Whipps, a seventy year-old, down-to-earth, spir
ited British grandmother, came to the US two years ago to live with her daughter and son-in-law and care for their newborn son, Will
y, who retired five years ago, had been a deputy warden at a sheltered
accommodation for the elderly. She had crushed the lower disk in her lumbar spine in a fall about thirty years ago and began fa
voring her left leg since that time.
About fifteen years later, she slipped on the ice and re-injured her back, this time on the right side. Five years ago
she had another major fall during a hike, again bruising the lumbar and ischial areas.