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Adriane Springs, the wife of former Cowboys running back Ron Springs, has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in state district court after her husband, Ron Springs, 51, fell into a coma in October during a surgical procedure to have a cyst removed from his elbow and reportedly remains in an incapacitated state. According to published reports, named in the lawsuit, which is seeking unspecified damages, are Dr. Joyce Abraham, an anesthesiologist; Dr. David Godat, a plastic surgeon; and the Texas Anesthesia Group.

Springs was a Dallas Cowboys running back from 1979-84. He has suffered from the disease since the early 1990s, and complications caused the amputation of his right foot and eventual kidney failure.

The kidney transplant proved successful, however, and Springs and Walls started the Gift For Life Foundation to promote awareness, early detection and prevention of kidney disease and diabetes. The Cowboys named them honorary captains for the team’s regular-season opener at Texas Stadium on Sept. 9 for the Sunday night games against the Giants.

But Springs’ condition has grown grave since initially slipping into a coma during what was believed to be minor surgery on Oct. 12.

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