Bill Paxton's family sues hospital over actor's death

Bill Paxton's family sues hospital over actor's death

Bill Paxton's family is suing Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the surgeon who treated him for wrongful death in a lawsuit filed February 9 in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Paxton, 61, died in February past year due to a stroke he suffered less than two weeks after undergoing heart surgery to treat an aortic aneurysm, which is essentially the enlargement of the aorta, the body's main artery that carries oxygen-rich blood to the heart. "The surgeon's actions resulted in this tragic and preventable death".

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.

The lawsuit claims that Khoynezhad misrepresented the risks of the surgery and failed to reveal the "unconventional" nature of the procedure that was not within the scope of the doctor's experience and privileges.

Paxton, known for his roles in movies like Aliens and Twister, passed away in February of previous year.

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. "Nothing is more important to Cedars-Sinai than the health and safety of our patients".

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"These remain our top priorities", the statement said.

Paxton, who appeared in films including Twister and Aliens, was 61 years old when he died last year. One of the reasons for our high quality is that we thoroughly review concerns about any patient's medical care.

Khoynezhad left his position as a surgeon at Cedars-Sinai shortly after Paxton's death, the family's release said.

Paxton is survived by his wife Louise Paxton, his son James, and his daughter Lydia.

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. "This process ensures that we can continue to provide the highest quality care".

Paxton, who was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, was among the industry's busiest actors, with almost 100 credits, and was starring in the CBS drama "Training Day" when he died.