Man makes walking stick from own hip bone

Man makes walking stick from own hip bone

A Norfolk man has got a walking stick made out of his own hip bone.

Ian Sutherland from Great Bircham asked doctors to save the bone when he had a hip replacement op. The 62-year-old retired landscape gardener got the idea for the stick from one of his sons, who is an archaeologist.

"I'm really pleased with it. It's great to find a practical use for a discarded part of your own body and it serves as a reminder of my own mortality."

Ian said the doctors gave him the bone as he recovered from the operation. "It was sealed in a bag marked 'hazardous waste'. When I got home I popped it in the fridge next to the frozen peas." He added: "The wife was horrified. I think she secretly suspects I'm a bit strange."