02.13.07

Charlie Weis Gets His Day In Malpractice Court

Posted in College Spurts, Gridiron, Medical Science at 4:45 pm by

It hardly needs to be mentioned to those who have seen his sleek figure encased in stretched-to-the-limit polyester blends, but Charlie Weis had gastric bypass surgery — “stomach stapling,” another name for the procedure, sums up what the surgery entails — back in 2002. Back then, he weighed north of 350 pounds. As compared to now, when…well, look, that’s not important. What’s important is that he is supposed to be a personally charming fellow. Sorry, strike that: not a personally charming fellow. Oh, right, what’s really important is that he is suing Boston’s Mass. General Hospital for malpractice. And not for the reasons you might expect (i.e. the fact that he has ballooned back up to the point where he has other, smaller coaches orbiting around him). The preceding fat joke courtesy of UPN’s Uptown Comedy Club, ca. 1993, used without permission. The clip below comes from the Boston Globe’s Bob Hohler:

The Notre Dame football coach, then offensive coordinator for the Patriots, checked into Massachusetts General Hospital in 2002 under an assumed name.

Embarrassed by his chronic obesity, Weis planned to undergo gastric bypass surgery and quietly return home the next day, avoiding public attention.

Instead, complications developed. Weis nearly died. And now, almost five years later, he faces the prospect of every detail of his long battle with obesity and his bypass ordeal becoming public record as he goes to trial next month in Suffolk Superior Court in his medical malpractice suit against two Mass. General physicians.

Weis sought the procedure after watching a DVD of Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, in which he helped guide the Patriots past the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, for their first championship. He weighed nearly 350 pounds.

“I said, ‘Look at that fat ass,’ ” Weis wrote in his book. “I wish I had been looking at someone else. Unfortunately, that fat ass was me.”

Poignant stuff, and sensitively put. Weis also claims to have diminished mobility in both feet, and suffers from swelling in his lower body. The article also says that he is “estimated” to have regained at least 50 of the 100 pounds he lost after the surgery. Almost all of it, I’d reckon, in the Fupa region.

6 Responses to “Charlie Weis Gets His Day In Malpractice Court”

  1. Rog says:

    Two things: 1) Weiss should sue his right hand for stuffing Double Whoppers down his throat; those doctors tried to keep him from reaching the 400lb milestone. You’re welcome, fat ass. 2) I never knew there was a term for the phenomenon of having your nads totally eclipsed by a layer of blubber. Rad. ‘Fupa’ is a little boring, though. We should have a contest to come up with something better.

  2. David Roth says:

    Whatever replaces FUPA should also be an acronym, though, I think. FUPA, after all, stands for Fat Upper Pubic Area. If there’s a way to turn W.E.I.S. into an acronym, then obviously that’s the way to go.

  3. Rog -

    You may use “Gunt” in the future if you’d like.

  4. TexDoc says:

    Prior to this, I really disliked this guy, now I hate him. Surgical complications happen to the best doctors and patients; I’m sure his two doctors are excellent. The fact that he survived his sepsis and subsequent grave lung condition tells me he did indeed have outstanding care! Geez! You are a true Fat Phuck Charlie and I only see more unsuccessful recruiting in your future!

  5. Jordan says:

    People these days i tell you are pretty jealous of Coach Weis and his Fightin’ Irish team. He needs to sue all these doctors that did not perform his surgery the way it was planned. It’s not Charlie’s fault these doctors do not know what they are doing. There are two doctors who need to lose there job over something like this, also the people that put the post that are bashing Mr. Weis should probably grow up and realize what Weis has been through in his life

  6. bob timberlake says:

    This is a poor excuse for a human. Eats himself into obesity.
    Bullies very good doctors into an operation and then sues them when
    he has a known complication.
    Received excellent care or he would not be alive.
    How about thanks doc, thanks nurses, thank you for working so
    hard on my incredibly sorry fat ass and saving my life.
    This guy is a world class jerk. cannot believe a college would
    hire this piece of crap.
    Worst news here he has reproduced.

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