World-famous astronaut Neil Armstrong’s family was paid $6 million by a hospital as part of a wrongful death settlement, according to reports.
Mercy Health reportedly paid the secret settlement in 2014, two years after Armstrong’s death in 2012. The funds were distributed as part of a wrongful death and survival claim.
The news comes days after the 50th anniversary of Armstrong’s historic walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
Armstrong’s family attributed his death to complications from coronary bypass surgery saying at the time.
In reports, Armstrong’s sons believed that his death was due to incompetent post-surgical care at Mercy Health and threatened legal action against the hospital.
Although the hospital defended its actions and the care Armstrong received, they ultimately decided to pay out the settlement and avoid a legal battle. Three expert medical reviews show what happened after Armstrong was admitted to Fairfield Hospital with suspected heart disease.
What Happened to Armstrong in the Hospital
Doctors decided to perform bypass surgery immediately after running tests and implanted temporary wires in his heart to help pace his heartbeat. When those wires were removed Armstrong experienced internal bleeding and low blood pressure. This required further procedures be performed. He was taken into a catheterization lab and then to an operating room.
Armstrong died days later on August 25, 2012.
Dr. J. Stanley Hillis, a doctor for the hospital where Armstrong was treated, defended the treatment Armstrong received according to the documents.
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