An avid equestrian show jumper and Zumba® practitioner, Henrietta “Henri” Hall was accustomed to leaping out of bed. But one Friday morning, after months of increasing hip irritation, she was in too much pain to throw off the sheets and stand.
By Saturday, Henri was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital. On Monday, she underwent emergency double-hip replacement surgery performed by Dr. Stephen J. Incavo, section chief of adult reconstructive surgery at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
“The work done in surgery was terrific, and we were so grateful that Dr. Incavo was able to operate on an emergency basis,” says Henri’s husband, Terence “Terry” Hall. “It’s amazing when your wife can’t get out of bed one day and then she’s on her feet again a few days later!”
“He gave me my life back,” says Henri, who used a walker in the initial weeks following surgery but has since returned to horseback riding and squat-lunge moves.
The couple matched their gratitude with generosity in 2023 with a gift to establish the Henrietta and Terence Hall Distinguished New Century Chair in Orthopedics. The endowed position will fund scholarly activities aimed at enhancing orthopedic care.
The support builds on the impact of a 2017 gift that created the Henrietta and Terence Hall Distinguished Centennial Chair in Orthopedic Surgery, which is held by Dr. Shari Liberman. A specialist in elbow and hand orthopedic surgery, Dr. Liberman had operated on Terry’s injured elbow and treated a staph infection he had developed in an out-of-state hospital.
“She’s just wonderful — down to earth and very talented,” Terry says about Dr. Liberman. “We’ve truly had all-around excellent experiences at Houston Methodist, from the doctors to the kind and attentive nurses. We hope that many others will make like-minded gifts so that this level of advanced care will continue long into the future.”