Celebrity Carvey Settles Medical Lawsuit By Stephen M. Silverman Published on September 11, 1998 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email The $7.5 million medical malpractice lawsuit comedian Dana Carvey filed against heart surgeon Dr. Elias Hanna for operating on a wrong artery has been settled. Financial details were not disclosed, but Carvey — who discusses in this week’s PEOPLE cover story how his life went awry after his bungled 1998 double bypass — told the Associated Press that the settlement will be divided among charities, including those involved in heart research. “This lawsuit, from the beginning, was about accountability and doing everything I could to make sure that it wouldn’t happen to someone else,” said Carvey. “Both my wife and I are very satisfied with the outcome and bringing resolution to this case.” A subsequent angioplasty alleviated Carvey’s heart blockage, though in the meantime, he said he was so weak that he was forced to refuse acting jobs. To read an excerpt of PEOPLE’s cover story on Dana Carvey, click here.