1988 Mercury Marquis

Engine Cooling problem
1988 Mercury Marquis V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic

I had my mercury towed yesterday to a repair shop (AAA) after overheating and losing all my coolant. Today I was informed by the mechanic that a heater hose/fitting at manifold had rotted and had to be replaced. It was replaced, but no sooner than I started driving down the street, I started smelling coolant leaking from underneath the car towards the dashboard. I took the car back and now when the mechanic checked the car again, he stated the water pump's " weeper" had gone bad. I would like to know is this possible for the hose/fitting to be repair, then the pump going bad soon after, or have I been taken?
February 18, 2010.

They are not related. However, the weep hole is where coolant will leak when the bearing or seal in the trans goes bad. My guess is it was leaking before the other problem happened.