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Plus-size model and actress Mia Amber Davis died of a pulmonary embolism last May at age 36. Now, husband and comedian Mike Yard is suing the doctor who prescribed her birth control pills and the doctor who cleared her for knee surgery.

According to the National Blood Clot Alliance, birth control pills triple or quadruple a woman’s risk of developing a blood clot. Currently, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals is settling Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits, because the pills are known to cause deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary embolism.

Though the National Blood Clot Alliance’s website says only one in 3,000 women will develop a blood clot, Davis’ weight increased her odds. Thus, Yard says Davis’ gynecologist should have suggested she use condoms or another form of birth control rather than prescribe Balziva and Zenchent. Yard’s lawsuit states that both contraceptives are “known to greatly increase pulmonary embolisms especially combined with Mia’s health risk factors.”

Leg surgeries also increase one’s odds of developing a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot that travels to a person’s lungs from another part of his body and blocks the pulmonary artery. Blood clots often begin in the legs – a condition called deep vein thrombosis. So knowing that Davis was obese, that she had high cholesterol – which increases one’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke – and that she was taking Zenchent, Yard feels her family practitioner should not have cleared her for knee surgery. But he did, and she died a day after surgery.

Yard is suing for the loss of love, companionship, and moral support he lost when his wife died. Do you think he has a winnable physician negligence case?


  1. Gravatar for d

    I do not think she was obeased. I have been size 14 to one, most people thought I was better at 14....I am only 5'1. My prayers go out to whomever has in morming. D

  2. Gravatar for Amber Scott

    @d and felicia, thank you for you comments. The term obese is simply a medical term. It isn't meant to be derogatory.

  3. Gravatar for lisa Spitzer

    This is a tough one. To convoluted to be either totally and as a result a poor case. However if they cleared her while she was taking yaz it is a hard proof. Most docs are not aware of warnings and could care less. They tell us "stop watching lawyer ads on T.V". The yaz could have caused the blood clot and then it is product liability but, then again the docs could have taken her off the pills. I think it is a tough case. Lisa

  4. Gravatar for Amber Scott

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for your comment.

    A good doctor will review his patient's intake sheet and review what medications she's taking - including something as seemingly innocuous as vitamins.

    From the little information provided to the media, it appears Mia's doctor neglected to do this, which is unfortunate.

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