Amputation Over Yaz Blood Clots Brings About Another Lawsuit
Oklahoma resident Brandy Armantrout has filed a lawsuit against Bayer after having her arm amputated in an emergency situation. Her lawsuit stems from her belief that the blood clots that caused the amputation were a result of her Yaz use.
Armantrout was taking Yaz when she developed deep vein thrombosis. She started taking the pills in 2007 and had developed the condition in 2012. Her decision to file a Yaz lawsuit came after she learned that her medical insurance didn’t cover her getting a prosthesis. Since Bayer makes the controversial birth control pills, it seems like a fair choice. She was rushed to hospital in 2012 after her arm started tingling, but by then, it was too late for doctors to help her.
“I had no pulse at my wrist,” she explained. “The doctor found it faintly at my elbow and forearm. They took me to a room and started hooking me up to IVs. It was excruciating. I was feeling my hand dying. I was watching it turn black.”
Armantrout did not consider filing the lawsuit against Bayer until she realized that she couldn’t afford to pay for her prosthetic, which was needed after having her arm amputated from the elbow. She explains that she is suing for current and future medical costs brought about by the blood clot.
“When I realized that this is what I was left with, there’s really no other option," she says. 'It really just made me lose hope.”
Yaz and Yasmin have long been linked to blood clots and their related injuries including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms. The pills have also been linked to gallbladder disease, heart attacks, strokes, kidney stones and irritable bowel syndrome. These side effects have caused thousands of lawsuits to be filed against Bayer. Bayer started ceding to liability in 2011 as the company started agreeing to financial settlements with as many as 3,400 plaintiffs. While that action is not an admittance to liability, it certainly goes a long way toward that.