My daughter Eve was 21 years old and she was so outgoing and happy. I had Eve when I was 18 years old, so we had grown into really good friends as well as mom and daughter. Eve loved to spend time with her siblings — she had so much time and love for them. She loved makeup and music and was always singing. Eve loved our coffee dates and chatting about everything. That’s just one of the things I miss everyday.

I think it’s so important that other young women are aware of their contraception choices and that they take their family health history into consideration.  Eve had been on the oral contraceptive pill for two years before she fell and injured her leg. I also had a deep vein thrombosis or blood clot in my leg during my last pregnancy and I had questioned if it was okay for Eve to take this pill and I was told that it was okay. Eve had many risk factors — the lower limb injury, the hormonal contraceptive pill, a family history of clotting, and being immobile after her fall.

I honestly believe that Eve would still be here today if she was better informed about contraceptive choices and I wish I knew then what I know now.

Eve’s Story

Eve Our beautiful daughter Eve had a fall in July of 2019. At the time, she had been on the combined oral contraceptive pill for two years.

She was sent home after spending 23 hours in the hospital and was simply told to rest her leg. Eve had been complaining of numbness and pins and needles in her calf. Three hours after her discharge, Eve went into cardiac arrest at home and never recovered. She died on the 21st of July 2019, at just 21 years old. Eve had a blood clot in her leg (deep vein thrombosis, DVT) and also in her lung (pulmonary embolism, PE). There were many risk factors: A lower limb injury, a family history of DVT, and the combined hormonal contraceptive pill.

We miss her every second. She was an amazing daughter and sister, and by sharing Eve’s story I would like other young women to consider their options for contraception.