Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Bill Paxton's family files wrongful death lawsuit

Bill Paxton's family files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of late film star Bill Paxton asserts a Los Angeles hospital and the surgeon who performed a heart operation on him last February are responsible for his death.

Paxton, 61, died in February a year ago due to a stroke he suffered less than two weeks after undergoing heart surgery to treat an aortic aneurysm, which is essentially the enlargement of the aorta, the body's main artery that carries oxygen-rich blood to the heart.

"Bill Paxton and his family trusted the physicians and staff at this medical facility but instead Cedars-Sinai betrayed their trust", said Paxton family attorney Bruce Broillet in a statement to press. Paxton is survived by his two children, James and Lydia, and his wife Louise.

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Dr. Khoynezhad left his position at Cedars-Sinai shortly after Paxton's death.

Attorney Steve Heimberg says in the release that Khoynezhad recommended that Paxton undergo surgery which the complaint contends was unnecessary.

According to CNN, Paxton's family said that Paxton was treated by a surgeon who "lacked experience" and did not tell the family that his heart surgery was "high risk and unconventional".

The document says that Paxton suffered multiple complications and that Khoynezhad was not in the operating room ("and based upon information and belief, not in the hospital") when the actor began suffering the complications.

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Cedars-Sinai said that federal and state health privacy law forbids them from commenting on patient care, but they stated that they cared about safety.

"These remain our top priorities", the statement said. "This process ensures that we can continue to provide the highest quality care", Cedars-Sinai's statement said. The suit alleges that the surgeon left "without arranging for continuous care and coverage. and failed to timely return to the operating room upon notification of the complications, causing a delay in treatment resulting in damage". In an interview with Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast, which dropped a week before his surgery, Paxton said he had suffered a bout of rheumatic fever as a seventh grader growing up in Fort Worth.

From iconic blockbuster movies like "Apollo 13" and "Titanic" to the acclaimed television series "Big Love", Bill Paxton was one of Hollywood's most popular stars.

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