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Posted: January 26, 2012 11:31 a.m.
Updated: January 27, 2012 5:00 a.m.

John Baker of Ridgeway has had more than his fair share of ailments.

Since 2003, Baker has battled high blood pressure and migraines, due to a pituitary gland tumor and has had knee surgery.

He was most recently diagnosed with avascular necrosis in both hips, his wife, Allison, said.
Avascular necrosis is a type of authritis that causes joint pain.

To relieve Baker’s pain, doctors have recommended surgery to replace his existing hip bones with a part of his fibular.

Allison said her husband is scheduled to go into surgery Feb. 2 at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
She said recovery could take up to 10 months.

“We’re hoping he can get back to work in eight months,” she said, explaining that during Baker’s recovery from the procedure, he would be out of a pay check.

To off set the medical costs for the family, a spaghetti supper is being held at the Fairfield Community Volunteer Fire Station, 110 Winter St. Winnsboro, Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Baker (middle) sits with his wife, Allison and four children, John Austin, 11, JD, 8, Clint,8, and Amber, 3.

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