Third hernia surgery for Jacques Demers

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques...

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers (L) at Laval University in Quebec City August 27, 2009. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:05 PM ET

MONTREAL – Former NHL coach Jacques Demers will again have surgery following a botched hernia operation.

A date has not yet been set for the procedure, the third time the senator has been operated on in just over two months.

The 66-year-old went under the knife for the first time on June 29, and nearly died.

Surgeons at the Ottawa hospital were repairing a hernia and accidentally cut part of his intestine. The wound caused Demers to develop a serious infection and he required a second, emergency operation. Demers family members were frightened when told by hospital officials that he might not survive the surgery.

The hospital has since apologized for the error.

The follow-up procedure will be routine, Demers’ aide told QMI.

"It will be a minor operation to resolve everything once and for all," Line Tessier said from Ottawa. "Mr. Demers will be operated on near the navel ... he remains optimistic."

Demers has lost weight recently but he appeared relatively healthy at his last public appearance on Wednesday. He attended a Conservative rally with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in west-end Montreal.


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