Monday, September 04, 2006

Ben Roethlisberger Appendectomy Performed by Car Driver in Accident

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger developed abdominal pains before today's practice and had emergency abdominal surgery to remove his appendix. It was the quarterback's third operation in 10 months and second in 2 1/2 months.

In a curious twist of fate, Roethlisberger's surgeon was none other than Martha Fleishman, 62, the driver of the car involved in the June 12 accident in which Roethlisberger sustained major facial injuries and nearly lost his life.

Following the surgery, Dr. Fleishman's office issued the following statement: "I figured that I was probably the cause of the initial injury to Big Ben's appendix, so I figured that I should be one to finish the job."


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