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Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Coach almost died from surgery

Associated press

BOSTON -- Notre Dame-bound football coach Charlie Weis sued the doctors who performed the weight-loss surgery that nearly cost him his life two years ago, the Boston Herald reported Wednesday.

Weis, the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator, was in a coma for two weeks and was given last rites.

The gastric bypass surgery took place at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Weis is suing Dr. Charles M. Ferguson, Dr. Richard Hodin, Dr. Peter J. Lee, Dr. Sharon L. Stein and Dr. Sutano Misra, the Herald reported. A medical malpractice tribunal that included a judge, attorney and doctor recently ruled the case can go forward.

"We expect there will be expert testimony indicating that the care provided by the physicians at Mass. General Hospital was in keeping with good medical practice," William Dailey, a lawyer for the doctors, told the paper.

Calls by The Associated Press on Wednesday were not immediately returned by Dailey; the hospital; Weis' lawyer, Michael Mone; and the Patriots.

Weis suffered excessive bleeding, septic shock, adult respiratory distress syndrome and ongoing leg problems, a surgeon hired by Mone told the tribunal.

Weis once weighed more than 300 pounds. As evidence of the surgery's success, Dailey said the coach has kept off the weight he lost after the radical stomach-stapling surgery, the Herald said. He also was able to resume his career, going on to win a second Super Bowl with the Patriots and get the Notre Dame job.

Weis was introduced as Notre Dame's coach Monday. He will divide his time between Notre Dame and the Patriots for up to seven weeks.