Former NHL Coach Jacques Demers Survives Near Fatal Surgery Error

August 4th, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
Jacques Demers is at home recovering from emergency surgery that saved his life.

Demers, currently a Canadian Senator, is the last man to have led the Montreal Canadiens to a Stanley Cup victory. He also coached Tampa Bay, Detroit, St. Louis, and Quebec.  

Demers reported that he began to feel ill in June.  He was found to have a hernia and surgery was performed.

After the surgery, Demers continued to feel discomfort.  He noticed dark-colored stains on his hospital gown and alerted the medical staff.  The doctor looked at the stains and immediately sent Demers into surgery.

Demers's family was told to stay by the phone.  They were informed that Demers was "between life and death."

The cause of the pain and stains was found to be a cut intestine.  The intestine was accidentally cut during his initial hernia surgery. Once cut, the intestine released toxins inside Demers' body and left him near death.

Demers, 43 pounds lighter than he was before surgery, is recovering at his Montreal area home and has vowed to take life a little slower in the aftermath of his ordeal.  

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