16-year-old girl dies of a blood clot caused by contraceptive pill

Sophie Murray died of a blood clot linked to her taking the contraceptive pill after a doctor first gave a diagnosis of asthma, an inquest heard. Sophie Murray, became ill last September, about a year after she was prescribed the Pill for 8 months, on a visit to the family doctor with her mother. 

She complained of chest pains, suffered increasing difficulty with her breathing, and got to the point where she could barely walk up the stairs, an inquest at Blackburn Coroner’s Court, Lancashire, heard.

In what was described as a very rare case, she died on November 8. Sophie died of a pulmonary embolism due to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and a contributory factor was the oral contraceptive pill.

The inquest heard that 6 in 10,000 people on the pill were at risk of blood clots compared to 2 in 10,000 not on it and that fatalities are ‘extremely rare’. Most cases are not fatal and could be treated. Sophie had been taking Microgynon for around 8 months.


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