There are many Americans who people consider heroes, both alive and dead. These people are often thought of as trailblazers in their own fields. With the recent 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which put the first people on the moon, we were reminded of the bravery of these astronauts. It has come to light that one of the astronauts who was on this mission may have died as the result of a medical mishap.
A recent story published in the New York Times indicates that astronaut Neil Armstrong may have been the victim of medical malpractice instead of complications from heart surgery as was originally believed. A secret settlement was reached between an Ohio hospital and Armstrong's family of $6 million dollars in exchange for the family's silence about what happened. It is believed that several days after Armstrong had coronary bypass surgery, he had internal bleeding due to a cardiac tear when a pacing wire was removed. He died several days later due to extensive organ damage. It is believed that a nurse was the one who pulled the pacing wire which is typically not common procedure.
Many New City area residents will need to have a serious medical procedure. Although these medical procedures contain risks, medical providers are trained in how to reduce these risks and keep patient safety at the forefront of all they do. If a family believes their loved one was the victim of medical negligence, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records and consult with medical experts to help determine what happened. If negligence is suspected, compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral expenses and other damages.
No one expects they will be the victim of a medical mishap, but the death of Neil Armstrong puts into light that it can happen to anyone, regardless of their circumstances. Families have the legal right to hold medical providers accountable for their mistake.