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Neil Armstrong's Sons Decided To Investigate Strange Father's Demise And Accused A Hospital Of Causing Him Grave Heart Complications

Date July 25, 2019 15:53

Neil Armstrong changed the world. He was an excellent engineer, astronaut, educator and an outstanding pilot. Neil was the first person to set foot on the Moon as commander of Apollo 11.

Nearly 240,000 miles from Earth, Armstrong spoke these words to more than a billion people listening at home:

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

He was a test pilot that tested several vehicles including the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, a jet-powered lander that was impossible to pilot—he had to eject from it. His contributions to the whole world can't be overestimated.

Neil Armstrong's Sons Decided To Investigate Strange Father's Demise And Accused A Hospital Of Causing Him Grave Heart ComplicationsNicoElNino / Shutterstock.com

Neil Armstrong died after heart surgery on Aug. 25, 2012, at the age of 82. Yet, there was something unusual about his death.

Two years after Armstrong’s death, his two sons Rick and Mark threatened a wrongful-death suit against Mercy Health, the largest hospital system in Ohio. They accused the Fairfield hospital of causing a heart complication and triggering a series of grave medical errors.

The Armstrong sons hired a heart specialist at the University of Pennsylvania to review the medical record of more than 5,000 pages. The doctor concluded that not only were the hospital mistakes fatal, Armstrong most likely didn’t need the bypass surgery then.

Although the hospital defended its actions and the care Armstrong received, they ultimately decided to pay the Armstrong family $6 million settlement and avoid a legal battle, according to The New York Times.

Even if Neil's death was due to someone's fatal mistake, money won't change it. The memory of this great man will remain here forever.