In this Wednesday, May 8, 1996 file photo, Mark McEwen is pictured at CBS News headquarters in New York. McEwen's court battle against the doctor who told him he had the flu when he showed up at a Maryland emergency room, ended last week when a federal judge dismissed his negligence lawsuit. The judge ruled that the drugs McEwen's attorneys contend could have prevented a major stroke would not have helped.
Former CBS "Early Show" personality Mark McEwen is moving on with his life after a massive stroke nearly four years ago that abruptly ended his TV career. He's written a book about his experiences and is trying to raise awareness about stroke warning signs and recovery.
But McEwen, 54, is now dealing with a fresh setback — the abrupt end to a court battle against the doctor who told him he had the stomach flu when he showed up at a Maryland hospital emergency room with stroke-like symptoms.
Two days after that hospital visit, McEwen boarded a flight home to Orlando, Fla., and suffered a massive stroke. His attorneys claim the stroke could have been prevented if McEwen had been given drugs including aspirin and anti-coagulates.
But U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz disagreed, ruling last week that those drugs were not effective enough in the short term to have made a difference in McEwen's case.
"I was very disappointed," McEwen told The Associated Press on Monday. "When you're up against something that's kind of murky, it tends to throw a person who's used to knowing the difference between right and wrong."
McEwen's attorneys say they are considering an appeal. Lawyers for the defendants, Dr. Michael Bond and Baltimore Washington Medical Center, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
McEwen worked for CBS from 1987 through 2002, filling a variety of roles on "The Early Show" including weatherman, anchor and entertainment reporter. He interviewed presidents and contributed to the network's Olympics coverage. He was fired in 2002 when the network revamped "The Early Show," and in 2004, he joined the CBS affiliate in Orlando, WKMG-TV, as a news anchor.