According to a recent report from The New York Times, which cited an anonymous source, the family of the late Neil Armstrong – the first man to walk on the Moon – was secretly paid $6 million through a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the hospital that provided his last heart surgeries and final care. The quiet lawsuit was apparently settled in 2014, two years after Armstrong passed away following heart complications. The funds collected through the lawsuit were distributed to his estate.
Based on the information gathered in the wrongful death lawsuit, Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital was accused of providing insufficient care after Neil Armstrong underwent multiple coronary surgeries in a brief amount of time. The problems allegedly began when his doctors ordered an immediate bypass surgery after testing for heart disease. Temporary pacemaker wires were attached to his heart to help regulate his pulse, but they caused internal bleeding when removed. Days later, after another operation, he passed away.
Mercy Health stood by its decision to conduct the coronary surgeries throughout the lawsuit, saying the operation was risky but “defensible.” It appears that it never admitted to any liability for Armstrong’s passing, and the quiet $6 million settlement may have been used to avoid litigation. Given that the information regarding the settlement was leaked anonymously, it is not expected to have any backlash on the Armstrong estate or the settlement.
More information about this ongoing story of Neil Armstrong’s passing, you can click here to view a full article from CNN. To learn how to file a wrongful death or medical malpractice lawsuit in Ohio, you can contact Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP in Cleveland. We handle high-stakes injury claims of all sorts, either for the wrongfully injured or their surviving family members.