Paxton's family sues hospital, surgeon over death

Bill Paxton died in February 2017 at age 61, after suffering a stroke stemming from surgery a week earlier.
Bill Paxton died in February 2017 at age 61, after suffering a stroke stemming from surgery a week earlier.PHOTO: AFP

DALLAS • Did a doctor perform surgery even though he was not qualified to do so?

In a suit brought by Bill Paxton's family for wrongful death, they argue that that was the case.

The actor, whose films include Apollo 13 (1995) and Titanic (1997), died in February last year at age 61 after suffering a stroke stemming from surgery a week earlier, reported E! News.

He had undergone a valve replacement and aortic aneurysm repair.

His family allege that Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles and his heart surgeon, Dr Ali Khoynezhad, are at fault.

They are suing for hospital negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, battery and survival action.

The court documents state that the hospital and doctor "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".

The defendants allegedly also failed to disclose that Dr 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".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2018, with the headline 'Paxton's family sues hospital, surgeon over death'. Print Edition | Subscribe