An Ohio hospital agreed to pay $6 million to Neil Armstrong’s surviving members of the family to settle allegations that medical malpractice after an emergency heart surgery caused the astronaut’s death, a report mentioned.
The New York Times first reported on Tuesday in regards to the secret settlement after the paper received a nameless 93-page document related to Armstrong’s treatment and the legal case.
The newspaper was in a position to verify the paperwork have been authentic using public records in Hamilton County Probate Court in Ohio.
Armstrong, the astronaut, identified for taking the first steps on the moon in 1969, died at the age of 82 on Aug. 25, 2012—two weeks after undergoing cardiac bypass surgical procedure at Cincinnati’s Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital.
On the time of his death, the family introduced publicly that Armstrong had died from “complications ensuing from cardiovascular procedures.”
Privately, Armstrong’s two sons, Mark and Rick Armstrong, accused the hospital of flawed postsurgical treatment that in the end killed their father, launching a two-year-long legal battle between the family and the medical institution.
Armstrong underwent cardiac bypass surgical procedure on Aug. 7, 2012. As a normal part of the process, doctors implanted short-term wires to help pace his heartbeat as he recovers, the Times reported. “However, when a nurse removed these wires, Mr. Armstrong started to bleed internally, and his blood pressure dropped.”
Doctors took Armstrong to a catheterization lab to empty blood from around his heart instead of instantly bringing him into the operating room, a decision ruled by medical professionals hired by both the Armstrong family and the hospital to analyze the death concluded ultimately killed him.