Bill Paxton’s family has filed a wrongful death suit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the surgeon who operated on the actor before he passed away last year.
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.
“Bill Paxton and his family trusted the physicians and staff at this medical facility but instead Cedars-Sinai betrayed their trust,” the family’s attorney Bruce Broillet said in a statement. “The surgeon’s actions resulted in this tragic and preventable death.”
Paxton died on Feb. 25, 2017, of complications from surgery for an aortic aneurysm that resulted in a stroke, according to his death certificate. He was 61 years old.
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.”
Paxton subsequently suffered complications including excessive bleeding, cardiogenic shock, right ventricular dysfunction and a compromised right coronary artery, according to the lawsuit.
According to the Paxton family attorneys, Khoynezhad left his position at Cedars-Sinai shortly after the star’s death. His LinkedIn page lists his exit date as June 2017.
Paxton’s wife, Louise, and children, James and Lydia, are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles on Feb. 9.
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