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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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