Nearly a year after plus size model and actress Mia Amber Davis suddenly passed away, her widower, Michael Yard, filed a lawsuit against her doctors alleging they should have known her weight made her vulnerable to the risks associated with taking birth control pills.

TMZ reports:

In his lawsuit, Mia’s widower claims … in the months before the surgery, Mia’s OBGYN prescribed her birth control pills such as Balziva and Zenchent … “drugs that greatly increase one’s risk for a pulmonary embolism, especially when combined with [Mia's] other risk factors.” 

Mia’s widower lists “obesity” as one of Mia’s significant risk factors. 

Mia’s widower claims his wife’s doctor SHOULD HAVE suggested condoms or other methods of birth control as an alternative … because the drugs “greatly increased her risk for a pulmonary embolism and ultimately caused her death.”

Davis died in May 10, 2011, just a day after having surgery on her knee to repair an old sports injury. Yard’s lawsuit also alleges that Davis’ primary care doctor should have known that having knee surgery would put her at greater risk because of her health issues, including hyperlipidemia, her weight, and the fact she was taking birth control.

The 36-year-old model, producer, and editor died of a blod clot in her lungs.

Although doctors caution that the risk of blood clots increases if a woman is overweight or smokes, the likelihood of death is still very minimal in most cases.

  • Wuluwulu

    Will be interesting to see how this turns out.

  • Toppin (Formerly Known As Just Sayin’)

    Can we just admit this woman is responsible for her own death??? Her weight/obesity were her issues. I’m fairly certain she knew the risk of taking birth control with her weight and I’m fairly certain her doctors told her to lose some weight. She made her choices in life. Suing everyone isn’t going to change that fact. Her husband needs to be anger with himself for not demanding she exercise and eat healthy.

    And I highly doubt he would have demanded the use of condoms over birth control when having sex with his wife. Cut the bull-spit.

  • Ms. Information

    I read all medication that the doctor gives me. I am sure if she read her medication that it said that obesity was a risk factor in the medication — no lawsuit here in my opinion. The likelihood of death is minimal, but it exists.

  • edub

    Sheesh. Apparently her being obese was not a problem when those checks were coming in. With obesity, almost every exposure becomes a significant risk factor. Plus, the older you get the worse it gets.

  • Bosslady

    Someone is trying to get paid! Obesity increases the risk of most illnesses.

  • Tonton Michel

    I feel for him, he lost his wife and is probably having difficulty dealing with it. It’s one thing to deal with a loss it’s another thing to think that you or her may have played a part in it. That is a wretchedly bitter pill to swallow, I hope he finds peace.

  • princ essa

    these r risks. can they prove the bc caused the emboli i doubt it. and 2 add surgery well that just increases ur risks. the problem with PE is that they come and by the time we know it happened the person is dead already. no warning signs. and lets not forget she was a big woman, if she was obese then she was a risk factor already…wat other comorbidities did she hv ? how good ws her heart… its sad she died but its gonna b hard 2 prove that BC caused the emboli. bc surgeries also cause them.

  • Sue

    Very thoughtful comment.

  • FauxBLAsian

    I was on birth control twice and never made it pass the 3 month threshold. Both times (orthotricyclen (sp) & Yaz) the pill made my arms and legs numb and I knew that wasn’t okay and stopped taking them. My derm wrote the script for the Yaz and as she wrote it told me that she took it for 3 years with no issues and that I should be fine. Considering I don’t need to use referrals with my medical insurance and she never consulted my primary physician, how would she know?! If something doesn’t feel right, then I stop doing it. No matter what your doctor says the final decision is ultimately yours to make. Also, I am not over-weight nor have I ever been, so the fact that someone of a “normal” weight had issues should also speak volumes about the chemicals we ingest.

  • msbklynqn

    OK blood clots are always a risk to ppl who have surgery. I’m sure they warned her of this before she signed the papers for surgery.

  • Beautiful Mic

    Same there. I tried this at age 19, and then at age 23. I never made it past the second month. I vomited. They gave me the lowest dosage. My body still rejected it.

  • Tricia

    Every one is saying that it is her fault but the husband is hurting and to a certain extent the doctors should be able to say how much risk she would of been in. In fact the birth control manufacturers or doctors should also include a weight range where by a patient should not be allowed to take the medication!

  • QueenOfCastle

    @TonTon

    “That is a wretchedly bitter pill to swallow…”

    Pun intended or not?

  • Tricia

    Can you please have some synpathy for the family! Yes she was obese but did she deserve to die because of it. It seems that you believe that so I hope that you never gain any weight!

  • QueenOfCastle

    A lot of callousness here towards this woman who lost her life from the usual suspects of racial purifiers.

    Still, we are always advised of the risks with birth control. Dont be overweight, dont be smoking, and they dont prevent STDs. In my experience birth control pills have literally saved my life. Anyone here who suffers from fibroids know that they can create a heavy menstrul flow which can cause anemia and hemorrhaging. Taking mutilple birth control pills at once can stop the bleeding in cases of hemorrhaging and prevent anemia because it reduces the amount of blood loss during your monthly period.

    Bless this woman and her family. Hope they can overcome their loss.

  • Tonton Michel

    @Queen,

    Not this time.

  • eh

    You can have sympathy for the family…. but Toppin still has a valid point. You are aware of your risks and doctors still inform you before surgery.

  • Chocl8child

    I survived a massive PE 2 1/2 yrs ago. The first thing I was asked after the clot was discovered was if I was on any type of birth control pills. Because of the high risk of clotting caused by the pill, I can never take it…even the so-called low-estrogen pills create an increased risk of clotting.

    Thankfully, I was able to get to the hospital and seek treatment…if was one of the scariest events in my life. I wouldn’t wish that experience on my worst enemy.

  • AJ

    The bigger issue here is women’s health. We are giving birth control pills, and other medicines, by an industry that knows very little about how a woman’s body will react. I don’t blame her husband for being infuriated to the point of wanting to sue someone. She was obviously not taken care of properly by the medical industry. Yes, ultimately we have to take care of ourselves. But we do pay for our medical care in this country – we pay quite a bit for it. And woman especially, deserve much better! Law suits like this are necessary to let the medical industry know that they need to be held to a higher standard – and doctor’s need to pay more attention to their patients. This is nothing short of tragic.

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