A hospital in Ohio agreed to pay $ 6 million to Neil Armstrong's surviving family members to help allege that a medical error following cardiac surgery caused the astronaut's death.
The New York Times reported on the secret for the first time on Tuesday The agreement to receive the paper was made by an anonymous 93-page document relating to the treatment of Armstrong and the lawsuit.
The newspaper confirmed the authenticity of the documents on the basis of public records at the Probate Court of Hamilton County, Ohio.
Armstrong, the astronaut who took the first steps on the moon in 1969, died at the age of 82 years August 25, 201
Privately, Armstrong's two sons, Mark and Rick Armstrong, the post-operative treatment hospital that ultimately killed their father, began a two-year legal battle between the family and the medical facility.
Armstrong underwent cardiac bypass surgery on August 7, 2012. Physicians implanted provisional wires to accelerate his heartbeat when he recovered, the Times reported. "But when a nurse removed these wires, Mr. Armstrong began to bleed inside and his blood pressure dropped."
Doctors brought Armstrong to a cath lab to drain blood from his heart instead of immediately taking him to the operating room. A decision made by doctors hired by both the Armstrong family and the hospital to investigate death eventually killed him.
Wendy Armstrong, lawyer and wife of Mark Armstrong, suggested in an e-mail of July 2014 that the astronaut's two sons would be in public at the Kennedy Space Center on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing Claims for medical misconduct speak if the hospital would not pay.
"No institution wants to be remotely associated with the death of one of America's greatest heroes," attorney Bertha G. Helmich, representing Armstrong's grandchildren in the lawsuit, wrote the hospital, according to the Times.
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Mercy Health dismissed the lawsuit for abuse, but agreed to pay Armstrong's estate $ 6 million "to avoid litigation," as motioned by Wendy Armstrong.
Mark and Eric Armstrong were granted $ 5.2 million by the agreement, the Times reported. Armstrong's brother and sister, Dean A. Armstrong and June L. Hoffman, each received $ 250,000. Six grandchildren each received $ 24,000. The widow and second wife of Armstrong, Carol, was not involved in the settlement.
The news of the settlement was released on Saturday, just a few days after Armstrong's 50th anniversary of the moon landing.