Family of Bill Paxton Files Wrongful Death Suit

Family of Bill Paxton Files Wrongful Death Suit

Bill Paxton's family are suing a surgeon and hospital over the actor's death shortly after heart surgery.

The suit filed 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.

Paxton died on February 25, 2017 - 11 days after the procedure - and his family is seeking unspecified damages.

"Bill Paxton and his family trusted the physicians and staff at this medical facility but instead Cedars-Sinai betrayed their trust", plaintiff attorney Bruce Broillet said in a release regarding the lawsuit.

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. The official cause of death was listed as a stroke he suffered from nearly two weeks after he underwent heart surgery. 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.

Paxton had suffered from heart problems since childhood when he suffered from rheumatic fever, a disease that is known to cause heart valve disease.

The document also claims that post-surgery complications were the result of the surgeon "misrepresenting and/or concealing information relating to the risks of surgery".

Dr Khoynezhad, now working at a different hospital, is believed to have left the site without arranging adequate care before Paxton suffered the complications, the lawsuit added. And that "continuous care and coverage" was not provided during the time that the doctor was away from the patient.

"Nothing is more important to Cedars-Sinai than the health and safety of our patients", a hosptial statement said.

Paxton was survived by his two children, James and Lydia, and his wife of 30 years, Louise Paxton. This caused additional damage to the late actor's heart.

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