Neil Armstrong was well known for being the first man to walk on the moon in 1969. Fifty Years later, for the anniversary of that awesome event, his family reveals a secret concerning Armstrong’s death in 2012. Armstrong passed away two weeks after he had heart surgery, and his family gave him a tribute which was touching to the millions of fans and people who knew him around the world for the 50th Anniversary.
His family wrote, “Honor his example of service, accomplishment, and modesty. The next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
Armstrong’s died at 82 years old, and his family was a lot “stormier” behind closed doors when it came to how he died. Armstrong’s sons argued the incompetency of the post-surgical care at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital was the reason for their father’s death. One expert who was retained by the hospital found there were serious issues with his treatment and care.
The Hospital claimed they did nothing wrong but settled with the Armstrong family privately for $6 million. The Hospital did not want the documents to be released to the public for fear of the media and publicity. They demanded everything remain secret from the complaints to the settlement.
So what was on the documents and the real cause of Neil Armstrong’s death? Let’s go back to the first day of his recovery in 2012. The Associated Press released the information after Armstrong’s wife gave the information that the surgery was successful. She stated, “Afterward he was amazingly resilient and was walking in the corridor.” That was the last anyone had heard on the health of Neil Armstrong until the announcement of his untimely death.
His family stated, “When the nurses removed the wires for a temporary pacemaker, he began to bleed into the membrane surrounding the heart, leading to a cascade of problems that resulted in his death on Aug. 25.”
In 2014, Wendy R. Armstrong, the daughter in law and attorney, sent a firey email to the hospital’s lawyers informing them Armstrong’s two son’s Rick and Mark would be going to Florida to deliver a speech for the 45th Anniversary of the first moon landing. The email stated, “This event at Kennedy Space Center will receive national news coverage. Rick and Mark have been solicited by several book writers and filmmakers for ‘information about Neil that no one already knows.” She continued, “Unless the parties reached a quick settlement, the hospital would be publicly criticized for giving lethally flawed care to one of America’s most famous and revered public figures.”
The secret settlement and medical dispute remained a secret until now, a few days after the 50th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Someone sent The New York Times a 93-page document which had all the information of the famous astronaut’s treatment along with the legal case which included the medical expert’s reports for both sides. The documents were proven to be authentic as some of them were marked “Filed Under Seal.” The probate court’s website has the documents on their page. Along with the documents, there was a note attached which was not signed. On the envelope, whoever sent it wrote they “hoped the information would save other lives.”
There was a footnote which passed chills over those who read it explaining how Mr. Armstrong was the main character in the world’s greatest event in history, and yet he remained humble. He avoided the fame that came with his glory and never cashed in. It shows how secrets from the dead can come back through negotiations and become a powerful hammer of justice.
An acting lawyer for Armstrong’s grandkids stated, “Any linkage of this health provider to the death of Decedent could irreparably and unfairly forever taint the business enterprise. But for Decedent’s iconic stature in the history of mankind, it is unlikely that a wrongful death settlement in this amount, with disputed causation, would have been reached. No institution wants to be remotely associated with the death of one of America’s greatest heroes.” The attorney also wrote, “If the existence of the wrongful death action and settlement are ever revealed by the parties to the agreement, the entire payment must be repaid in full.”
The amount requested by Wendy Armstrong was $7 million, but the hospital’s lawyers negotiated and paid the Armstrong family $6 million.