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'Road Trip' Actress -- Knee Surgery Day Before Death

5/11/2011 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Road Trip" actress Mia Amber Davis underwent a routine knee surgery in Los Angeles the day before she died ... TMZ has confirmed.

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TMZ spoke with Mia's husband -- Michael Yard -- who told us the actress went under the knife Monday to correct an ongoing issue with her knee stemming from an old college basketball injury.

Yard -- who was in NY at the time -- tells us he spoke with Mia Tuesday morning and she sounded normal and in good spirits.

However, hours later -- Mike says he got a phone call from Mia's cousin informing him that she was taking Mia to the hospital because Mia had been suffering from a bout of dizziness.

Soon after, Mike says the unthinkable happened -- he got another phone call informing him his wife had passed away.

Mike says he immediately hopped on a plane to L.A. -- and he wants answers ... telling TMZ, "I want to know what happened to my wife."

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Jodi    

I have no idea who she is as I have never watched Road Trip but my condolences to her family. This is sad.

1073 days ago
17.

John    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjp0cGM2ohc here role in RT

1073 days ago
18.

Carl    

Looks like this starts TMZ's coverage of the huge lawsuit over her death that is about to come down the pike!

1073 days ago
19.

Moi    

My first thought was blood clot also. I know someone who just had foot surgery and got an infection post-op (checkup) from the doctor going back & forth between patients and not washing his hands after each patient.
My condolences to her friends and family. :c(

1073 days ago
20.

rita    

It does sound like she had a blood clot, one sympton is dizziness, which they said she had, i am so sorry for her and her family:
Second, Clots can break loose and travel back to your lungs. If it blocks the flow of blood to your lungs you could suffer a pulmonary embolism. This is serious and can often cause sudden death. Contact your doctor immediately if you find yourself suffering from any of the following symptoms: a stabbing chest pain, shortness of breath, a rapid heart beat, dizziness, fainting, profuse sweating, anxiety, coughs for no reason, or coughing up blood

1073 days ago
21.

twilightmom    

Pulmonary embolism.

1073 days ago
22.

jackie    

i feel for her loved ones ant nothing like losing someone u love.im going under the knife soon and all i can do is pray that this dont happen to me.we have to stay on the docs because there so use to doing there job they forget we are people and we have loved ones praying we come home after.it's just hart braking much love xoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxxooxxo

1073 days ago
23.

JMJ    

Blood or fat embolism. No ones fault, such a tragedy.

1073 days ago
24.

gretchen    

So sad.

1073 days ago
25.

weird al yankovich    

dude ironically i was just watching this movie 2 days ago. Jesus ! God bless her and will keep her in my prayers . She was an AWESOME actress and she is a legend in my book .

Peace

weird

1073 days ago
26.

Gsharon 710    

Rip.My prayers to her love ones.

It it really was a clot, that's something that strikes fast. You don't have to have surgery for a clot to form. A leg bang against furniture, formed a clot and took my friends' life.

So sad, so serious.

1073 days ago
27.

Gsharon 710    

........If...

1073 days ago
28.

Madeline Jones    

Mia Amber Davis was a role model to plus sized women every where. After her role in Road Trip, she went on to have a very successful modeling career and had a long standing relationship with Ashley Stewart as one of her primary clients. Mia was a genuine soul that loved life, and encouraged others to live life to the fullest while being happy and healthy.

The plus size industry is mourning the life our friend and colleague Mia Amber Davis.

Rest in Peace
Madeline Jones
Editor PLUS Model Magazine

1073 days ago
29.

LadyBeagles    

my condolences to her husband and family. By the sounds of it she might have had a reaction to the anesthetic, could have been a small air pocket. unfortunately it is the risk of all surgeries. For those out there if you have the choice go with a local nerve block its less evasive on your system. Again I am so sorry for her family.

1073 days ago
30.

happilywed    

Doctors have known about death and serious injury from blood clots after surgery in the abdomen and legs for many years.

That is why all physicians should both inform the patients at risk (anyone having abdominal or leg surgery, overweight patients especially) of what they need to know to 1) decide whether or not to have the surgery (sounds like this was elective surgery), 2) how to avoid clot formation, and 3) signs/symptoms so they can know how and when they need to seek emergency medical attention postop.

There are multiple well-known several techniques to avoid these serious complications -- including

1. Physician prescribing use of compression stockings to avoid blood pooling in the legs

2. Physician prescribing use of alternating air compression devices (readily availalbe in the hospital) on the legs to ensure that blood doesn't pool in the legs where it can clot

3. Physician prescription of coumadin or other anticlotting medication to prevent clot formation

4. Physician/physical therapist instructing the patient (before discharge) to move the leg or at least the muscles in the leg to make sure that the blood moves through the veins and doesn't pool and clot causing a thromosis.

5. Physician/physical therapist instructing the patient (before discharge) not to rest with the legs in a lower position than the heart to ensure blood returns to the heart and doesn't pool in the legs with the risk of a clot forming. (Sitting in a recliner chair where the feet are below the level of the heart, like in most recliners, is very dangerous in this situation.)

6. Physician telling overweight patient both before surgery and before discharge after the surgery that she/he is at higher risk for clot formation post op

7. Physician instructing the patient in the signs and symptoms of blood pooling and clot formation so they can know when to get help.

Sounds like Ms. Davis wasn't properly cared for or wasn't provided adequate information about the risk of this complication postop and what to do about it.

I'd expect a malpractice case to be in the offing.

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