A British woman has undergone life-changing hip replacement surgery in Malta after the NHS refused to treat her.
Frances Kinley-Manton had been wheelchair-bound for two years as a result of arthritis pain in her hips, but she was told that, at 15 stone, she was ineligible for NHS treatment unless she lost two stone in weight.
She did not achieve significant weight loss through dieting and, crippled with pain, she decided to seek treatment abroad, the Press Association reports.
She has now had both hips replaced and the operations were "totally successful".
Ms Kinley-Manton insists that she had no alternative.
"NHS said they wouldn't operate on me because I'm overweight, but I think they were just trying to keep their costs down," she claimed.
Her husband George said that they were angry at having to travel to Malta for the hip replacement operations, but added that the treatment there was "first class".