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Brady testifies on behalf of former coordinator

BOSTON --New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
testified Friday that he watched his mentor Charlie Weis move in
and out of consciousness after the Notre Dame coach's gastric
bypass surgery.

Brady testified during Weis' medical malpractice lawsuit against
two doctors who performed surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

"At that moment I wasn't sure what was happening, if that was
normal or not normal," Brady said in Suffolk Superior Court. "As
it developed, I realized this was a very serious issue we were
dealing with."

Weis, the Patriots' former offensive coordinator, claims in the
lawsuit that physicians Charles Ferguson and Richard Hodin acted
negligently by failing to recognize life-threatening internal
bleeding and infection after the June 2002 surgery. He was in the
hospital for more than a month and claims he still suffers from
nerve damage in his feet.

Weis is seeking unspecified damages.

His attorneys rested their case later Friday. Ferguson and Hodin
have denied any wrongdoing.

Ferguson testified Friday that he performed the surgery, and
routine post-operative tests showed no problems.

"Weis had a little more incisional pain than normal," he said.
"He was breathing easy, his pulse was fine and his urine output
was fine."

That was on a Friday. Ferguson left for the weekend, leaving
Hodin in charge of his patients. When he returned Monday morning he
said Weis was "critically ill."

Ferguson also told the court Weis insisted on accelerating the
pre-op program, so he could be ready for the Patriots' summer camp.
Weis had the surgery within two weeks of his first consultation.

"I was concerned he did not go through the normal six-week
training session to teach you how to eat and what to eat after the
operation," the doctor said.

Ferguson said after explaining the process, Weis had no
follow-up questions.

"He told me he had done the research on this, and he didn't
have any questions," Ferguson said.

Ferguson also countered claims by Dr. Alan Wittgrove, an expert
witness called by Weis' lawyers on Thursday.

Wittgrove said Weis continued to get a blood-thinning drug even
after internal bleeding was detected, and blamed nerve damage on a
lack of thiamin, a vitamin.

But Ferguson said Friday the blood thinner was administered at
low doses to prevent a pulmonary embolism and that Weis was getting
thiamin through his intravenous feeding tubes.

Weis testified earlier in the week that Brady was the only
member of the Patriots, beside the team doctor, he told about the
surgery. Brady testified about the special relationship he had with
Weis.

"He's always been an extremely intense person, intense coach.
... He expects the best out of everybody and teaches you to be
accountable and to be responsible, and that's kind of what I fed
off," Brady said.

During the cross-examination, Brady said Weis' personality
didn't change after the surgery.