Great Wall of China
“Without Dr. B there, I probably would have lost my confidence, I might have still attempted it, but I don’t know if I would’ve been successful.”
Here is a 9:43 video clip of Danny Way’s injury and eventual jump over the Great Wall in China. When the injury takes place at the 3:40 mark Dr. Weeks is the one in the yellow shirt tending the ankle and later he is in the hotel room with Danny.
Danny Way, Professional Skateboarder
Danny Way, Professional Skateboarder - continued
In 2005, Weeks found himself in Beijing working as medical director for skateboarder Danny Way’s ambitious jump of the Great Wall. His presence came in handy the night before the jump, when Way did a practice run that went horribly wrong.
“He landed short and was cart wheeling down this ramp in midair,” Weeks remembers. “We knew something bad had happened. He looked like a rag doll.”
Way’s ankle had swollen up like a balloon, but when Weeks asked Way if he wanted to go to the hospital to get it X-rayed, Way replied, “No, because I’m jumping anyway. If I have to go over that wall in a wheelchair, then I’m going over the wall.”
Knowing his patient wasn’t about to give up on his challenge which had required months of negotiation with the Chinese government and was expected to draw a TV audience of 120 million Weeks numbed and stabilized the ankle for the jump, which Way executed, breaking a world record in the process.
“Without Dr. B there, I probably would’ve lost my confidence,” Way says. “I might have still attempted it, but I don’t know if I would’ve been successful.”
Above text courtesy of San Diego Magazine a Curtco Media Publication. “Rock Doc” by Julia Beeson Polloreno and Maya Kroth, August 2008
Dr Weeks Transforms Musician Travis Barker’s Life After Treatment
Dr. Weeks treated Travis’s Barrett’s Esophagus and also removed his chronically infected tonsils. He also advised him to make some critical changes in his lifestyle. He told Travis that he had to stop smoking marijuana, and ironically, Travis explained that while Dr Weeks was telling him this over the phone, he literally had a joint in his hand and asked “you mean like now”. He also needed to stop drinking coffee, and start eating healthier and reducing stress. Travis credits his unbelievable transformation to Dr Weeks’ treatment and advice and says that the way he gets high now is by running, boxing, and doing his recordings. At 44, Barker says he is healthier, happier and in even better shape than when he was 20 years old.