Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Bill Paxton's Family Is Suing Actor's Heart Surgeon For Wrongful Death

Bill Paxton's Family Is Suing Actor's Heart Surgeon For Wrongful Death

Paxton had a stroke around two weeks after he underwent heart surgery in order to fix an aortic aneurysm - which basically an abnormal bulge in the blood vessel wall - and to replace actor's bicuspid aortic valve that let the blood flow from the left side atrium to the left ventricle.

Bill Paxtons family is suing Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for wrongful death of the actor.

This required Paxton to undergo another emergency surgery to fix the damage, but his condition worsened over the course of the next 10 days until the actor eventually died of a stroke.

The lawsuit states the family had put their full trust in the doctor and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but their trust was ultimately misplaced and they were betrayed.

Rheumatic fever, an inflammatory disease that is most common in children, is known to cause heart valve disease, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. "That's one of the classic surgery risks and something that should be part of any conversation with a patient before a surgery", the report said.

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The lawsuit asserts the doctor and the hospital committed "battery", acting "with intent to harm" Paxton by "knowingly performing high-risk and unconventional surgery" without explaining the risks.

In their filing, obtained by Paxton's hometown paper, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the family says Khoynezhad did not disclose that his planned surgical technique was risky and "unconventional", that he lacked experience with it, and that it was "beyond the scope of his (hospital) privileges".

Paxton's family believes that the doctor and hospital in question gave the actor "negligent diagnosis, management, and treatment". And that "continuous care and coverage" was not provided during the time that the doctor was away from the patient.

The statement says Khoynezhad left his position at Cedars-Sinai shortly after Paxton's death.

Paxton's wife, Louise, and children, James and Lydia, are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles on February 9. This caused additional damage to the late actor's heart. When Maron asked if the fever had caused such damage to Paxton, the actor said, nearly reluctantly and painfully, "Well yeah". He starred in HBO's "Big Love" as well as huge blockbusters such as "Titanic", "Aliens", and "Twister".

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