Before he was a top ear, nose and throat physician at Alvarado Hospital, Weeks, was an avid surfer and sometime roadie for a little garage band his friends started. They were called Blink-182. Fame hasn’t faded the band’s loyalty to Weeks, who still cares for Tom DeLonge’s multimillion-dollar vocal cords and has become known as the go-to guy in San Diego for the likes of U2, Aerosmith and P.O.D., along with pro surfers and extreme-sports athletes. He’s done medical exams backstage at rock venues, on rickety paddleboats off the coast of Mexico even at the foot of the Great Wall of China.
Danny Way, Professional Skateboarder
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
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.