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Teenager Died from Blood Clot After Taking the Pill

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 02/02/16

This happened last fall, but an inquest has uncovered the sobering facts. Details:

A teenage girl who was on the contraceptive pill died from an ‘extremely rare’ blood clot after returning home from a family holiday, an inquest heard. Sophie Murray, 16, had been prescribed the pill for around eight months by the time she returned from Gran Canaria last September. But two weeks later, the “happy and healthy” teenager, from Accrington, started complaining of breathlessness and chest pain. Blackburn Coroners Court heard how tests by her GP confirmed she was suffering from exercise induced asthma (EIA), the Accrington Observer reported .

And that’s not the only recent case in the U.K.:

A 21-year-old died from a ‘massive’ blood clot on the lung after taking the contraceptive pill for just 25 days. Fallan Kurek, a teaching assistant, collapsed at home after being dismissed from a minor injuries unit with painkillers, an inquest heard. She had visited the Sir Robert Peel community hospital complaining of having chest pains and feeling breathless, a court heard.
Nurse Stuart Lamb assessed her symptoms and dismissed the discomfort as muscle pain before sending Miss Kurek home with painkillers.
A coroner, Andrew Haigh, ruled that Miss Kurek died from a pulmonary embolism after side-effects of the pill were not noticed or effectively treated.

Photo: Getty Images

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