SECOND TRIAL BEGINS FOR NOTRE DAME COACH CHARLIE WEIS
USA Today reports that the second medical malpractice trial for Charlie Weis, the head football coach for Notre Dame is underway. Weis underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002 and then suffered from complications that left him in a coma for several weeks.
The first trial ended in a mistrial when a juror collapsed and the two defendants rushed to his aid. Many thought that after that trial, Weis and the doctors would settle before a second trial, but they are all now sitting in a courtroom for the second time.
Weis’s complaint alleges that the doctors negligently allowed him to bleed internally for 30 hours before performing a second operation to stop the bleeding. The doctors hold that internal bleeding is a known complication of gastric bypass, and in many cases the bleeding stops on its own. Weis now suffers from pain in his feet even after a long and painful rehabilitation.
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