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'Road Trip' Star's Widower

Birth Control Pills Killed Her

... and I'm Suing

4/27/2012 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Road Trip" star Mia Amber Davis -- who famously played the big girl -- was TOO OBESE to have been on birth control pills and died as a result ... this according to her widower, who's suing Mia's doctors.

Mia passed away back in May 2011 as a result of a pulmonary embolism ... one day after undergoing knee surgery.

But in his lawsuit, Mia's widower claims ... in the months before the surgery, Mia's OBGYN prescribed her birth control pills such as Balziva and Zenchent ... "drugs that greatly increase one's risk for a pulmonary embolism, especially when combined with [Mia's] other risk factors."

Mia's widower lists "obesity" as one of Mia's significant risk factors.

Mia's widower 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."

To make matters worse, Mia's widower claims Mia went to a family practitioner on April 18 to complain about knee pain. The doc allegedly cleared Mia for knee surgery ... despite a number of risk factors, including obesity, hyperlipidemia and the fact she was on Zenchent. 

Mia's widower claims the doc "should have advised [Mia] to eliminate some of her other risk factors prior to clearing her for the surgery."

Mia underwent the surgery on May 9 ... and died the next day.

Mia's widower is suing both the OBGYN and the family practitioner for unspecified damages ... claiming, among other things, he should be compensated for the loss of love, companionship and moral support he suffered as a result of his wife's death.


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Blue Lake    

No question there is exposure on the doctor's part. The widower is smart to sue. I am positive he'll win the case.

847 days ago


She died because she was the percentage who had an adverse affect to the drug. I also nearly died because of birth control. Her family should sue. She didn't die because she was obese; she died because birth control gave her a a DVT.
I'm lucky to be writing this comment. We're not expendable. And prescription drugs should be held accountable for killing people.

847 days ago


Being overweight isn't a contraindication to prescribing birth control pills. She was young, and I'm assuming a non-smoker and the risk of pulmonary embolism is routinely discussed in addition to patients receiving written notification.

Being overweight is also not a contraindication to knee surgery. If it were, a lot of knee surgeries would be cancelled tomorrow.

This is simply a grieving man who is angry, and I'm sad for him.

847 days ago


Good luck with that one....

847 days ago


The spouse should be sued for not getting a vasectomy, this seems more appropriate... if he truly was worried about his wifes health issues.

847 days ago


alrighty, here's to the peeps that want to be rude about her weight and are too stupid to put the pieces together: both her obgyn and family doc acted irresponsibly; 1st in giving her that birth control and 2nd in clearing her for surgery. this still could've happened to her even if she wasn't obese and she might still be alive today had the docs made more responsible decisions. he has every right to sue.

847 days ago


For all the idiots who are going off on her for being obese. yes she was obese does that mean she didn't deserve the best care she could have gotten? the answer is no people, so please wake up and get off your high horses because i'm sure most of you are not "skinny". second- birth control pills are risky as with any medication, but doctors are always quick to tell heavier people to get on birth control. my niece was told to get on them and she was not having sex.the doctor made no mention of the risk to her health, it was only after her mother and i looked into and confronted him with questions that he explained the risk to us. so i believe the husbands. i do believe that her weight was a major issue but i do believe that if a doctor was being negligent in his accessment of a patients health needs it needs to be taken care of. instead of blaming the victim be open minded and use your head to see what the real issue is people.

847 days ago


I am a health professional. There is a very high incidence of pulmonary embolism after knee and hip surgeries. The widower blames the birth control pills, which does contribute to the formation of the pulmonary embolism, however it is not the only contributing factor. She could have had a coagulation disorder and didn't know it. Depending on the situation and medications she was on, the case will not hold up in court.

847 days ago

Try to understand his side    

You are not understanding what the real issue was. Yes she was obese and almost all obese people are that way because of the eating habits. However the doctors knowing she was obese and on birth control should have MONITORED her for possible blood clots after the surgery. My sister had the same issue and thank god our family had the prescence of mind to take her to the emergency room when she was short of breath. My sister is not overweight but was on pill when she had a very minor surgery. Clots developed in her lungs. She went to her regular doctor that said you are just recovered from surgery everything is fine. One day she was so short of breath she could not walk up 5 stairs! The emergency room docs found clots in her lungs. The doctors should have been aware of the potential danger and monitored her condition. Birth control plus surgery is know to cause clots.

847 days ago


Pulmonary embolism is a common cause of death after surgery for patients who are not obese but even more common for patients who are obese. For many of the obese who died from an embolism, birth control pills were not a factor.

She had a choice to take birth control pills or use another form of birth control. She could have chosen an IUD or spermicidal foam used in conjuntion with condoms. I am sure her doctor told her of the possible side effects of birth control pills in conjunction with her obesity. Plus, the hospital staff would have gone over all of this prior to her surgery. The only reason why they would not have gone over it would have been if Mia herself did not list birth control pills and other medication she was taking.

Another common cause of embolism is a patient does not get up and walk, walk, walk after surgery. Yes, I saw she had surgery on her knee, but they still want them up out of the bed and getting excercise with a set of crutches to help prevent an embolism.

I know her loved one is grieving and I am sorry for his loss. I just hope he has a good lawyer who will advise him against this lawsuit. Not a lawyer who will do whatever he asks as long as he has the money to pay him, but a good lawyer who will advise him to save his money and skip the lawsuit.

847 days ago


people have blood clots after surgery. It happens, it is one of the risks they tell you about. Bad things happen, people shouldn't try to blame someone else and get money everytime something bad happens.

846 days ago


I'm a doctor, this will never pass in court. Birth controls (all of them) increase risk of blood clots. On top of birth control use, obesity and surgery (which promotes sedentary life styles) increase risk of clots, which cause fatal pulm embolisms. Sad she died though. RIP.

845 days ago
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