The family of Bill Paxton is suing Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for wrongful death, claiming his doctor did not explain the risks of the unconventional surgery he recommended.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Paxton's family claims the hospital, along with Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, failed to disclose that the heart surgery Paxton underwent for an aortic aneurysm repair was "beyond the scope" of the doctor's experience and privileges.
Paxton died of a stroke after the surgery, nearly one year ago.
The claim goes on to say that Paxton suffered complications during and after the surgery, but that there was a delay in treating Paxton because Dr. Khoynezhad had already left the operating room.
A rep for Cedars-Sinai tells The Blast, "State and federal privacy laws prevent us from commenting about patient care without written authorization. But we can share the following: Nothing is more important to Cedars-Sinai than the health and safety of our patients. These remain our top priorities. One of the reasons for our high quality is that we thoroughly review concerns about any patient’s medical care. This process ensures that we can continue to provide the highest quality care."
The Hollywood Reporter was first to break the news.