Terry Bothern is a firefighter for the Clear Creek Fire Authority and a heavy equipment operator for St. Mary’s Glacier Metropolitan District who has had terrible knee pain for 15 years.
“It was excruciating,” Bothern said.
The problem was, he had no health insurance and could not afford to pay for surgery, so he just lived with the pain.
“Trying to fight fires, it would sort of buckle on me,” Bothern said.
But this month, his life changed. He finally got his surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver on Dec. 7.