College Freshman Dies While on Yaz

Last September, an 18 year old college freshman at Elon University in North Carolina, collapsed as she walked to her morning class. She was healthy, except for a recent knee injury and had been taking the popular birth control, Yaz. There was no obvious reason for the collapse.  “She was pronounced dead a short time later at a nearby hospital… the Chief Medical Examiner attributed her death to a pulmonary thromboemboli, or obstruction of a blood vessel in the lung.”  (

Her mother believes that the oral contraceptive, Yaz, was to blame. The previous April the FDA required Bayer to “updated its labels for Yaz and Yasmin to warn of “the relative risk of developing venous thrombosis,” or blockage in a vein.”  The mother has sought legal counsel and is suing Bayer, the makers of Yaz.

She hopes to see justice for her daughter, and wants other women and teens to know about the dangerous side effects.

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