Do you know that the FDA has no way of knowing how many women were injured or died while using NuvaRing? This is because unless a report is sent to the pharmaceutical company there is no requirement to report serious events. The pharmaceutical company is the only one required to report to the FDA. The FDA admits that less than 10% of all adverse events are reported to them.
The women here are only SOME of the women who were killed or injured by NuvaRing. We hope you will add your story in the comment box below:
Erika Langhart: Age 24; died Nov. 25, 2011 Erika Langhart had already visited 37 countries by the time she finished college and she had a promising career ahead of her when she suddenly collapsed in her apartment in Arlington, Virginia. Hospital records cited NuvaRing, which she had been using just over four years, as a risk factor for causing multiple pulmonary embolisms. She died on Thanksgiving. Her parents, Rick and Karen, believe Merck, the pharmaceutical giant who makes the NuvaRing, did not do enough to warn women. “It’s billions and billions of sales a year and you know they consider my daughter an acceptable risk factor. She was not an acceptable risk factor,” Rick Langhart says, “She was the love of my life.”
Amy Westbrook: Age 22; died Nov. 18, 2009 Amy Westbrook was described by her father as “Daddy’s little girl.” According to her parents, Ron and Sandy, their youngest daughter began using the NuvaRing after she met the first real love of her life. “She did what she thought was right by getting on birth control,” her parents said. “She just got the wrong kind, and it cost her, her life.”
Julia West Ross: Age 29; died March 15, 2013 Julia West Ross was married just five weeks before she died and had been using the NuvaRing for two years. She experienced “tunnel vision” as she left work and went home to rest. She went to the hospital the next day feeling ill and had difficulty breathing. The NuvaRing was removed in the hospital when she was admitted to the hospital. They treated her for septic shock, but no infection was ever found and she went into cardiac arrest. Her autopsy showed she died of massive bi-lateral pulmonary embolisms and a deep vein thrombosis. Julia confidently used NuvaRing, as it was confidently prescribed to her by Planned Parenthood. Dru and Joe West, Julia’s parents say, “Our family will never be the same. We lost a beautiful, intelligent, kind, outgoing and loving daughter, sister and wife. No young woman should die because she was being responsible by using birth control.”
Jackie Bozicev: Age 32; died December 7, 2007 Jackie Bozicev’s children were two years and six months old when she died at age 32. Her son Matthew found his mother collapsing on the bathroom floor calling for his father, Rob. According to her autopsy report, the cause of death was massive pulmonary thromboemboii as a result of deep vein thrombosis. The NuvaRing was still in place at the time of the autopsy.
Heather Lee Thomason: Age 25; died Aug. 5, 2012 Heather Lee Thomason’s family described her as the “picture of health” before she died. She was working and going to school, and she had just bought her first house with her fiancé. Her dad, Ted Thomason, described his daughter as “the light of my life.” Her sister, Michelle, said, “My mother’s heart will never heal, my father will never be the same, her boyfriend will never get over her, her friends and family will never stop missing her, and I will never recover.”
Brittany Malone: Age 23; died Dec. 6, 2012 Brittany Malone collapsed when she was visiting her two sisters after complaining her legs felt tired. Doctors found evidence of multiple blood clots in her right leg. It was stated in her medical report: “The patient did have a NuvaRing which had been removed, likely related to patient’s extensive DVT in the right leg.” Her parents, Joe and Dana, said, “Brittany was a very loving, caring and compassionate person with a great sense of humor…she truly had a heart of gold.”
Lyndsey Agresta: Age 27; died Jan. 18, 2009 Lyndsey Agresta was mother to five-year-old Dominic had been using NuvaRing for barely a month, when she began suffering a migraine headache. According to her medical records, Agresta suffered hemorrhaging in her brain that caused a stroke, which doctors believe developed from Lyndsey’s use of NuvaRing. Doctors surgically removed two-thirds of her right cerebral hemisphere and transferred her to a long-term acute care hospital, where paralyzed, she was confined to her bed. She died seven months later, battling an infection acquired in the hospital.
Dana Jenn: Age 40; died: July 15, 2005 Dana Jenn, a wife and mother of four, had been using the NuvaRing for less than two months when she collapsed while walking on a treadmill as part of her marathon training. She was working out with her oldest daughter, Sarah, who said Jenn had difficulty breathing and then collapsed suddenly. According to the medical examiner report, the cause of death was a “Pulmonary embolism due to or as a consequence of deep vein thrombosis.”
Angela Marie Miller: Age 28; died December 30, 2013 Angela was a beautiful, vivacious women, full of life, and always had a smile on her face. Angela was found unconscious on the ground in her apartment parking lot. When the ambulance arrived the only thing she could communicate was that she couldn’t breath. She was quickly incubated to help her breath. Her heart stopped on the way to the hospital where they were able to revive her. Her heart stopped two more times while in the emergency room due to blood clots discovered in her lungs. Angela was moved to ICU. But within an hour her heart stopped again. After 30 minutes they pronounced her dead. She died from pulmonary embolisms.
Jenifer Kmetz, Age 30; Died June 15, 2012 Jenifer had been prescribed NuvaRing by her gynecologists as a birth control measure. Jenifer was a registered RN and the mother of two young children, ages seven and one years old. She died from pulmonary embolisms and had a DVT.
Ann Tompkins; Age 43; Died February 23, 2009 Ann died of a pulmonary embolism caused by a blood clot in her lungs. Ann began using NuvaRing five months earlier. Tompkins, a mother of two, was found dead in her home by a family friend.
Megan Henry (survived) An elite athlete who competes in skeleton, a type of high-speed downhill sledding, Megan Henry’s Olympic dreams were threatened back in August 2012 following a scare involving the NuvaRing. She had been using the birth control device only a few weeks when she said she couldn’t complete basic training tasks. “It’s like an elephant was sitting on my chest all the time,” Henry said. She was later hospitalized and doctors told her she’s lucky to be alive. According to her hospital discharge papers, NuvaRing was listed as “probably the risk factor” for her pulmonary embolism. Henry said occasionally she gets a sharp pain in her chest, and even though she started off-season training at a disadvantage, she said she feels “pretty much back to normal.”
Alex Ingley (survived) Alex Ingley was a 21-year-old college student when she began using the NuvaRing. Within three months, she said multiple, pulmonary emboli filled her lungs and she underwent massive thoracic surgery to save her life. “There wasn’t a doctor I met, before or after my surgery, who said I shouldn’t be alive.”
Kristen Terry (survived) Kristen Terry, a Pre-K teacher and mother of four children, had only been using the NuvaRing a few months when she suffered a bilateral pulmonary embolism in October 2007. She said she continued to have chest pain after she was discharged and became scared of dying but she considers herself a survivor.
Shauna Conway (survived) Shauna Conway was 24 years old when she suffered bi-lateral pulmonary embolisms. She said she woke up early one morning in extreme pain and coughing up blood. She was rushed to the ER and hospitalized for nine days. According to her complaint filed against the manufacturer, she was instructed at the hospital to stop using the NuvaRing. “I want girls and women to be aware of the risks involved in this product. If it happened to me it can happen to anyone.”
Kristina Buckner (survived) Kristina was fit, healthy, and attractive when she developed potentially fatal blood clots. Buckner says her injury came from NuvaRing. “I’m very lucky I went to the hospital when I did.” Kristina was hospitalized for 12 days with the blood clots. Since then her medical bills continue to mount, she suffers pain from scar tissue and faces a lifelong threat of the blood clots reappearing. “What goes on in my head, am I going to be as lucky next time, that’s how I live,” says Buckner.
Wilma Romelien (survived) Wilma thought that using NuvaRing would help her to avoid pregnancy. That it did, but then her doctor diagnosed her with CVST and an intracranial hemorrhage – both associated wiith blood clots in the brain. Romelien is now on a daily regimen of Coumadin and forced to undergo medical treatment and monitoring for the rest of her life.
Tracy Wells (survivor) allowed us to share this post:
One year ago today, 3 weeks past my 29th birthday, I had a stroke. It was caused by the birth control NuvaRing. Due to this event I lost a significant amount of my left peripheral vision. I’m so BLESSED to say it wasn’t worse – women died. I’m not celebrating this “anniversary”, rather I’m ready to share my story, so that it may help others.
Full disclosure – I entered the class action suit, along with 3,800 other women, against the makers of this product, Merck. The final payout Merck was responsible for was 6% of what a similar case paid out, we’re talking a few millions versus a few hundred billion. Basically a slap on the wrist for a company that is knowingly selling a dangerous product to millions of otherwise healthy women, like me.
So, I didn’t settle and here’s why:
If you had a life altering stroke at 29 years old during the height of a beautiful California vacation that ripped vision and sensation from the left side of your body, would you settle?
If you spent two days in the hospital and worried your entire family, friend and professional circle, would you settle?
If you had to correct your mom in a room full of doctors that glasses wouldn’t help because the injury wasn’t in your eyes, it’s in your brain, would you settle?
If over the last 7 years you told several doctors of your experiences with migraines, never to be taken seriously, would you settle?
If you still walk cautiously through every single intersection worrying that you may not see the motorist, bicyclist or Mac truck, would you settle?
If you secretly dread shopping because it will require you to perform exhaustive and annoyingly slow eye scanning, would you settle?
If you sometimes avoid large crowds because you worry you will bump into, trip or hurt yourself or others, would you settle?
If people still ask you “how’s your vision” and you have to tell them that it’s no better, would you settle?
If something that happened to you on one day of your life is now something you think about every day, would you settle?
If you knew officials claim the type of stroke you had doesn’t “support a casual link” to NuvaRing, but the FIRST THING the ER doctors asked you to do when they identified your stroke was to remove your NuvaRing, would you settle?
If all official medical reports point directly to NuvaRing, but the courts don’t care, would you settle?
If the after insurance amount in medical bills was more than the payout, would you settle?
If you knew that other women died because of NuvaRing, would you settle?
Please share/tell my story to one person, then it’ll be worth it.
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