As noted earlier here on the website, The Great Khali, whose real name is Dalip Singh, underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a pituitary gland tumor that's the cause of his tremendous size. The tumor was discovered through WWE's Talent Wellness Program, according to a report by ABC News.
A WWE official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press about Singh that WWE identified his acromegaly condition prior to surgery this week. Despite the surgery, he is at greater risk of facing health problems if the tumor came into contact with the nearby optic nerves.
Singh could be healthy enough to return to the ring within months, but if he does, it might be at the risk of internal bleeding at the surgical site caused by physical contact.
In a statement, WWE spokesman Adam Hopkins said that "[a]s part of WWE's ongoing wellness evaluation, we are happy that The Great Khali had successful pituitary surgery, and we look forward to him returning to the ring in the near future."
Gabriel Feldman, who directs the sports law program at Tulane Law School, believes WWE could be held liable for failing to address Singh's acromegaly condition. However, he adds that WWE attorneys "are known for the scrupulousness with which they guard the publicly traded but privately controlled company from liability" and "WWE contracts tend to tilt most of the leverage toward the company."
"This may be more of a moral problem than a legal problem," Feldman said.
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