Tragedy struck recently after one of Hollywood's most recognizable actors died due to complications from surgery. In February 2017, Bill Paxton passed away following a heart surgery. Now, his family is claiming the hospital and surgeon are to blame.
According to Fox News, Paxton's family alleged in February that his surgeon, Dr. Khoynezhad, used a "high risk and unconventional surgical approach" that was unnecessary and that he lacked the experience to perform.
Paxton had gone under the knife to replace a heart valve and repair aorta damage at the time. However, following the surgery, major complications ensued. Paxton suffered a fatal stroke.
"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family's wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father," read a statement from the family.
The family has since complained about the medical procedure and filed a wrongful death lawsuit. They claim that the hospital “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.”
The hospital disagreed. They said Paxton also had an "existing condition." They also argued that “at all times [Paxton and his estate] were aware of certain dangers and risks involved in the examination, diagnosis, operations surgery and medical care rendered to [Paxton].”
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