The family of actor Bill Paxton, who died on Feb. 25, 2017, at age 61, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and a surgeon who operated on Paxton, The New York Post’s Page Six reports.
“According to the lawsuit, which was obtained by Page Six on Tuesday, the family claims Dr. Ali Khoynezhad performed an unnecessary procedure which resulted in the ‘Apollo 13’ star’s death 11 days later,” The Post reports.
In a statement, the family’s attorney Bruce Broillet said: “Bill Paxton and his family trusted the physicians and staff at this medical facility but instead Cedars-Sinai betrayed their trust. The surgeon’s actions resulted in this tragic and preventable death.”
Paxton died of complications from surgery for an aortic aneurysm that resulted in a stroke, according to his death certificate, the story notes.
“The family claims Khoynezhad and Cedars-Sinai ‘misrepresented and/or concealed information relating to the risks of surgery and care that would be provided and/or failed to adequately explain the proposed treatment or procedure,’ and also ‘failed to disclose that Khoynezhad was going to use a high risk and unconventional surgical approach with which he lacked experience and which was, based upon information and belief, beyond the scope of his privileges,'” the story reports.
The report adds: “Paxton subsequently suffered complications including excessive bleeding, cardiogenic shock, right ventricular dysfunction and a compromised right coronary artery, according to the lawsuit.”