It would be an understatement to say Bob Chavez loves Disneyland. Before
moving to Visalia in 2000, the 62-year-old social worker spent nearly
every night for five years at the magic kingdom with his daughter Becca.
“She thought she owned the place,” Bob said.
But in Bob’s late 50s, pain in his hips and knees took over. He was
in pain sitting at work and laying in bed. He relied on a motorized cart
to go from Fantasyland to Frontierland. “It was a crummy way to
see Disneyland,” he said.
With Donald Schengel M.D.’s help, Bob underwent four total joint
replacements in 18 months at Kaweah Delta – both hips and both knees.
Today, he is pain free and can see Disneyland on two feet.
“The biggest benefit is not being able to walk again, it’s
being able to enjoy being free from the pain,” he said. “There
just aren’t words for that.”