Pax­ton fam­ily sues hos­pi­tal

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LOS AN­GE­LES — The fam­ily of Bill Pax­ton has filed a wrong­ful-death law­suit against a Los An­ge­les hos­pi­tal and the sur­geon who per­formed the ac­tor’s heart surgery shortly be­fore he died.

The suit filed Fri­day against Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter al­leges the sur­geon used a “high­risk and un­con­ven­tional sur­gi­cal ap­proach” that was un­nec­es­sary, and which he lacked the ex­pe­ri­ence to per­form, and that he down­played the pro­ce­dure’s risks.

And it al­leges the hos­pi­tal knew the sur­geon, Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, tended to “en­gage in mav­er­ick surg­eries and show sub­op­ti­mal judg­ment.”

The mis­guided treat­ment caused Pax­ton to suf­fer ex­ces­sive bleed­ing, car­dio­genic shock and a com­pro­mised coro­nary artery, the suit al­leges.

Pax­ton’s death cer­tifi­cate says he died on Feb. 25, 2017 from a stroke, 11 days af­ter surgery to re­place a heart valve and re­pair aorta dam­age. He was 61.

“Bill Pax­ton and his fam­ily trusted the physi­cians and staff at this med­i­cal fa­cil­ity, but in­stead Cedars-Si­nai be­trayed their trust,” said the fam­ily’s lawyer Bruce Broil­let.

Pax­ton’s widow, Louise, and chil­dren, James and Ly­dia, brought the law­suit. It seeks un­spec­i­fied dam­ages and re­serves the right to add more de­fen­dants who work for the hos­pi­tal as their roles and names be­come clear.

Cedars-Si­nai said it couldn’t com­ment about Pax­ton’s case.

Khoynezhad has since left Cedars-Si­nai for an­other hos­pi­tal. An af­ter-hours call seek­ing com­ment from him was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

The law­suit comes just be­fore the first an­niver­sary of the death of Pax­ton, who played ma­jor sup­port­ing roles in the films Apollo 13, Ti­tanic, and Aliens, and starred in the HBO se­ries Big Love.

— AP FILES

BILL PAX­TON

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