The family of Bill Paxton has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Los Angeles hospital and the surgeon who performed the actor’s heart surgery shortly before he died.
The suit filed last Friday against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center alleges the surgeon used a “high risk and unconventional surgical approach” that was unnecessary and that he lacked the experience to perform, and that he downplayed the procedure’s risks. It also alleges the hospital knew the surgeon, Dr Ali Khoynezhad, tended to “engage in maverick surgeries and show suboptimal judgment.” The misguided treatment caused Paxton to suffer excessive bleeding, cardiogenic shock and a compromised coronary artery, the suit alleges.
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Paxton, who appeared in films such as The Terminator, Apollo 13 and Titanic, died in February last year, 11 days after he underwent surgery to replace a heart valve and repair aorta damage.
Paxton’s widow, Louise, and children, James and Lydia, brought the lawsuit. It seeks unspecified damages and reserves the right to add more defendants who work for the hospital as their roles and names become clear. Cedars-Sinai said it could not offer public comment about Paxton’s case due to state and federal privacy laws.
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Khoynezhad has since left Cedars-Sinai for another hospital. An after-hours message left by the Associated Press seeking comment from him...
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