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Model Mia Amber’s Husband Filing Wrongful Death Suit Over Birth Control Prescription

April 27th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Last May, plus-size Model Mia Amber Davis passed away from a pulmonary embolism one day after undergoing knee surgery. Blood clots are a rare but common complication of surgery which didn’t make her cause of death seem out of the ordinary. But a year later, Mia’s widowed husband is filing a lawsuit against her OBGYN saying the contraception she was prescribed led to her death.

Michael Yard’s argument is that Mia should have never been prescribed birth control pills Balziva and Zenchent because they are “drugs that greatly increase one’s risk for a pulmonary embolism, especially when combined with [Mia’s] other risk factors.” He says Mia’s weight was a significant risk factor and according to TMZ:

“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.'”

He’s also filed a suit against Mia’s knee surgeon, saying that on April 18 the doctor cleared his deceased wife for knee surgery despite a number of risk factors, including obesity, hyperlipidemia, and the fact she was on Zenchent. He claims the doctor:

“Should have advised [Mia] to eliminate some of her other risk factors prior to clearing her for the surgery.”

Hopefully this is just the behavior of a grieving widow. Surely, Mia’s doctor would have discussed the risks that come with birth control in any form just as the risks of surgery are explained to patients. Nevertheless, Michael is suing for unspecified damages and believes he should be “compensated for the loss of love, companionship, and moral support he suffered as a result of his wife’s death.”

Does he have a chance of Winning?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Officials Defend Treatment Of Homeless Mother Who Died After Being Taken From ER To Jail

March 30th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Officials at St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis are claiming the treatment they gave a 29-year-old homeless woman who went to the hospital for a sprained ankle and later died in police custody after refusing to leave the ER, appropriate.

Anna Brown’s September death inside a St. Louis jail cell was determined to be caused by blood clots that formed in her legs and migrated to her lungs. Brown reportedly went to three hospitals complaining of leg pain in the days prior to her death, including the visit to St. Mary’s that led to her arrest for trespassing. Brown was wheeled out of the facility in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up and  officers say they had no reason to think otherwise.

“A lot of times people don’t want to stay in jail and will claim to be sick,” Acting Police Chief Maj. Roy Wright said. “We depend on medical officials to tell us they’re OK.”

According to an official statement from St. Mary’s, to the best of their knowledge she was.

“Unfortunately, even with appropriate testing using sophisticated technology, blood clots can still be undetected in a small number of cases,” they said. “The sad reality is that emergency departments across the country are often a place of last resort for many people in our society who suffer from complex social problems that become medical issues when they are not addressed. It is unfortunate that it takes a tragic event like this to call attention to a crisis in our midst.”

Brown’s life had been on a downward spiral since a tornado destroyed her home in 2010. The mother moved to a St. Louis suburb with her children following the tragedy, but shortly after she lost her job in a sandwich shop. Because Brown couldn’t pay her bills, her utilities were shut off and when a child welfare agent visited her home in April, the toilet was found filled with feces and there were burn marks on the floor where she had lit fires to keep warm. Brown was arrested for parental neglect and her mother, Dorothy Davis, received custody of her children on the condition that their mother couldn’t also live with them. With her home condemned, Brown lived in four homeless shelters from May until September. She also joined the St. Louis Empowerment Center, a drop-in center for the mentally ill.

Davis says her daughter called everyday to check on her children, and now she has a responsibility to tell them what happened to their mother.

“If the police killed my daughter, I want to know. If the hospital is at fault, I want to know,” she told the Post-Dispatch. “I want to be able to tell her children why their mother isn’t here.”

The family believes Brown was treated unfairly and they’ve hired a lawyer to help them prove it. According to Brown’s sister Krystle:

“My sister is not here today because people passed judgment.”

What do you think about this case? Is anyone at fault for Anna Brown’s death?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Nick Cannon Leaves Radio Show Due to Heart Issues

February 17th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Nick Cannon’s been having a tough time with his health lately. Just a month after suffering mild kidney failure, the television/radio host and actor announced that he would be quitting his morning radio show on 92.3 NOW due to more health issues.

“The news is out. This job is killing me,” he said on-air. “… What I need to recuperate for my body to get stronger … these are the hours I need to be sleeping. … I’ve been going hard.

“I have been in the hospital since Friday, and actually, it’s quite serious. My antibodies [in] my immune system were attacking my organs and it made my body even weaker.”

He explained his issues further, saying “I actually had two blood clots in my lungs … and because of the blood clots … the right side of my heart was enlarged.”

An enlarged heart is definitely nothing to play with, and Nick said his doctor told him he’s extremely lucky to even be alive.

“My doctor was like, ‘Luckily, you’re in shape, because most people who get blood clots in their lungs can’t breathe and they stop breathing, like, for ever.'”

This morning the jokester sent out several tweets making light of his condition, like “”I guess I can’t drive at 200 mph for the whole road trip, Time to put the car in cruise control.”

He said he’ll still continue to host “America’s Got Talent,” but hopefully this break from radio will allow him to get his health back up where it needs to be so he can be there for Mariah and dem babies.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Doctors Discover Heavy D’s Cause of Death

December 27th, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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A medical examiner with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has ruled that a pulmonary embolism caused by deep vein thrombosis is what took the life of 44-year-old Dwight Myers, better known as Heavy D, Nov 8.

Pulmonary embolisms typically result from blood clots formed in the leg that travel up to the lung and stop blood flow. Although in most cases the clots aren’t life-threatening, officials say Heavy D’s heart disease may have been a contributing factor in his death as well. TMZ also reported that Heavy D’s flight from Wales after performing at a Michael Jackson tribute concert may have been a factor in his death, as the blood clots may have formed in his legs due to his prolonged immobility on the long flight.

Heavy D was finally laid to rest Nov. 18 although he will me missed forever. It will be sad going into 2012 without him but at least his family now has some amount of closure concerning his death.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Serena Williams: Health is her Number 1 Priority

March 3rd, 2011 - By Veronica Wells
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The tennis star was rushed to the hospital earlier this week where doctors found a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot in her lung, and hematoma or the pooling of blood under her skin.

Serena thanked her fans for their prayers and well wishes and said while she believes she’ll be able to return to the court early this summer, her main goal is to make sure her health is in order.

This isn’t the first setback Williams has encountered. She hasn’t played a match since last July, when she won Wimbledon. After that, she injured her foot by stepping on a piece of broken glass in a restaurant.

You can get the rest of the details on Williams’ hospitalization over at Black Voices.