A MUM has spoken of her heartbreak after her 20-year-old daughter died from a blood clot triggered by a rare reaction to taking contraceptive pills.
Amanda Parkes, 43, told how Abbey started taking Logynon at the advice of her GP six years ago, after suffering dramatic mood swings during her periods.
SWNS Amanda Parkes, left, was devastated to lose daughter Abbey after she suffered a pulmonary embolism brought on by a reaction to her contraceptive pill
However the legal secretary, who lived with her boyfriend Liam, 25, was unaware that she had a rare condition called Factor V Leiden.
The condition increases the risk of developing a blood clot, especially when coupled with taking any pill that increases oestrogen – including contraceptive pills.
Amanda said: “She was the most beautiful girl – extremely popular and well-loved.
“She didn’t deserve to pass away in this way, but hopefully by raising awareness of this condition we can prevent it from happening to other people too.”
SWNS Abbey was unaware that she had a rare condition called Factor V Leiden
In Britain just five per cent of people carry the genes from Factor V, and many of those won’t ever suffer from blood clotting.
After complaining for weeks about pains in her side, wooziness and difficulty breathing, Abbey’s family were left stunned when she suddenly passed away last year from a pulmonary embolism.
Paramedics found a massive blood clot on her lower right lung and two secondary clots on her left lung.
An inquest revealed that Abbey had Factor V.
Now devastated mum Amanda is having to be screened for the hereditary condition to determine whether it was passed down from her own family or that of Abbey’s father, Stephen, who died in 1997 at the age of 33.
She faces the trauma of having to alert either her or Stephen’s family to the possibility that they might be at risk.
SWNS Abbey’s condition increases the risk of developing a blood clot, especially when coupled with taking any pill that increases oestrogen
Amanda said: “It came out of nowhere, Abbey’s death; I just can’t stress how much of a shock it was.
“Initially, she started to complain about a pain in the right side of her body. She said that she felt nauseous, and that she had headaches that came and went very quickly.
“But she soldiered on – she was very stoic like that. We went to the hospital, where they did an ECG and an X-ray.
“They initially thought that she had pulled a muscle, but the next day she went back to her GP, who discovered that she had an infection.
“Even at that stage, though, it didn’t seem as though there was masses to worry about. Certainly her symptoms didn’t seem to be life threatening.
“She went to the GP again after feeling breathless and the GP gave her an inhaler and some steroids.
“They seemed to perk her up a lot, which lulled her into a false sense of security, and she went into work the next day.
SWNS Amanda is now worried that Abbey’s brother Liam, left, may also have the condition
“She was determined to press on through her sickness, but her colleagues were very concerned because she was clearly struggling quite severely.
“She didn’t go into work again after that, she was just too sick. I’ll never forget the day that she died, it will live with me forever.
“She lived with her boyfriend, who had gone off to work first thing in the morning, as usual.
“Abbey hadn’t felt comfortable in bed the previous night, and had to lie propped up because of the pain in her sides.
“Liam received a call from her early in the morning, at about 7.30am, telling him that she couldn’t breathe and he needed to come home.
“Obviously he dialled 999 and rushed over, but there was nothing that could be done.
“When they arrived she was just slumped in a chair in the living room, not breathing and clearly unconscious.
“She was rushed to the hospital, but we were all fearing the worst.
SWNS Tragic Abbey lived with her boyfriend, also called Liam
“After about an hour and a half waiting in A&E, a member of staff came to me and said that the doctor would be in to have a word with us soon.
“I knew then that my little girl was gone. It was absolutely heartbreaking. Absolutely devastating.”
It was discovered that a lack of oxygen to the lungs, as a result of the pulmonary embolism, had forced Abbey into a cardiac arrest, which in turn caused her death.
“People need to be aware of the dangers that come from taking the pill,” Amanda said.
“It does increase the risk of clots and carries other health risks. Of course, it is a fantastic thing, but more needs to be done to prevent cases like this.
“Abbey first started taking the pill when she was 14, because her hormones were all over the place when she first started having her period.
SWNS Amanda wants people to be more aware of the risks of taking the contraceptive pill. Pictured are Abbey and her brother Liam
“Her moods would swing from one extreme to the other in a matter of minutes, and she had no control over her emotions.
“She was recommended Logynon, and that helped enormously. But when she was given it, there should have been some sort of warning about the dangers and the possibility that you might have the genes for Factor V.
“There’s no automatic screening for the condition, and the only reason I am able to be tested for it now is because I’m related to someone that has died from it.
What is Factor V Leiden and what are the symptoms?
FACTOR V Leiden thrombophilia is a genetic disorder that makes it more likely for you to develop a blood clot sometime during your life.
People can inherit one or two copies of the factor V Leiden gene mutation.
The most common type of blood clots associated with Factor V Leiden thrombophilia, are deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).
Signs and symptoms of DVT include leg pain, tenderness, swelling, increased warmth or redness in one leg.
Signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism usually include cough, chest pain, shortness of breath or rapid heartbeat or breathing.
It is estimated that 95 per cent of people with Factor V Leiden never develop a clot.
See your GP immediately if you have any combination of the above symptoms.
You can also call NHS 111 or your local out-of-hours service for advice. Dial 999 for an ambulance if your symptoms are severe.
“If it is on my side of the family, then my main concern would be for Abbey’s brother, Liam, who is 19.
“It’s incredibly unlikely that he’s going to ever be taking an oestrogen pill, but what if he has a daughter? And then she has a daughter?
“If it’s on Stephen’s side, then obviously I have to let them know, even though they are already aware of the possibility that they might be at risk.
“It’s staggering that this condition isn’t more publicised. Yes, it’s incredibly rare, but as Abbey’s case goes to show, there’s always a risk.”
Christopher Kane’s Bejewelled Orthopaedic Shoes Are Dubbed ‘gag-inducing’ By Vogue… So Would You Wear Them?
HE’S previously given Crocs a high-end makeover.
Now Christopher Kane has collaborated with orthopaedic brand Z-CoiL to create the most talked-about shoes at London Fashion Week.
Getty – Contributor Christopher Kane sent models down the LFW runway in bejewelled orthopaedic shoes
The British designer sent models down his AW18 catwalk wearing black leather trainers that featured Velcro straps, chunky booster coils and multi-coloured diamantés.
Vogue said the footwear had well and truly kicked “the ugly shoe trend into high gear”.
The wrote: “Call it what you want, but the gag-inducing shoe may be just the Cinderella slipper for a geriatric beauty queen, or fearless footwear lover.”
Meanwhile, the fashion experts at Harper’s Bazaar compared them to “something your grandparents would wear”.
Getty – Contributor The bonkers footwear features a giant coil heel and diamante detailing
Instagram The high-end footwear was slammed online by blogger, Crimes Against Shoemanity
Footwear blogger Crimes Against Shoemanity raged on Instagram: “Christopher Kane just beat me to the punch on this ugly prediction.
“Just when you thought things could literally not get any worse, this f***ing happens. I am deceased.”
Christopher Kane’s Instagram followers were divided too, with some loving the sneakers while one simply wrote: “I can’t.”
The bonkers design comes in two colourways – one with silver embellishment and one with multi-coloured.
Rex Features The clumpy sandals were dubbed ‘gag-inducing’ by Vogue
Instagram Christopher Kane fans were left divided by the statement shoes
They are not yet available to buy online, although similar (non-designer) styles from Z-CoiL retail at around £186.
As well as the divisive shoes, Christopher Kane’s latest show featured semi-sheer and lacy dresses trimmed with feathers in a nod to “the joy of sex”.
Christopher Kane has defended the unlikely collaborations.
Speaking in September about his work with Crocs, he said: “I am very happy to continue working with Crocs, as I have admired the brand for a long time.
Getty – Contributor The shoes feature Velcro straps and bulky rubber soles
Happy National Toast Day 2018! How Is It Celebrated And What Are Some Of The Best Ways To Eat Toast?
THERE’S rarely a day that goes by that isn’t designated to some tempting foodstuff. Pie Week and National Doughnut Day are particular highlights.
But put down the rough puff and ditch the Krispy Kremes, today isn’t about them… today is all about toast.
Getty Images This is no yolk … topping your toast with eggs can be a cracking start to the morning
When is National Toast Day 2018?
If you didn’t already know – where have you been?! Today is National Toast Day so dig out that white sliced and get jammy.
The nationwide event was started in 2014 by the Tiptoe World Bread Awards.
How is it celebrated National Toast Day?
How isn’t it celebrated more to the point? You’ve probably already caught the parade with Jonathan Warburton perched on top of a giant Dualit toaster throwing grilled bread at legions of breakfast fans.
Alright got you again – that’s not actually happening.
Most people are hosting their own private parties – with their toasters – at home and just indulging in the stuff for the day.
Others have taken to Twitter to tweet their favourite toast topping to @WorldBreadAward.
If you fancy submitting yours – wilder the better please – let them know and don’t forget to use #NationalToastDay.
What are some of the best ways to eat toast?
There is no wrong or right answer here. Some like their toast blackened on the edges while others just like to briefly show their bread to the toaster before tucking in.
The degree of “toastedness” (I know it’s not a word, but you know what I mean) is really down to you. If I had to make a recommendation it would be to opt for a nice even golden brown.
If you’re a “butterer” (yep – I still know) then whip that butter on quickly to guarantee maximum “meltiness” (this is out of control now).
Butter should be at room temperature to avoid clumping and the dreaded toast tears.
As for the topping, some people stop there and to really appreciate the grilled crumbs on your bread you should probably do the same, but we can all agree that’s a lot less fun.
First order of business is sweet or savoury.
Alamy Excellent golden brown colour and great meltiness but possibly a touch too much butter on this one
If you go savoury you may want to consider Marmite, the divisive veg-spread leaves its unique taste in your mouth. Other savoury options include baked beans – don’t forget beanz meanz Heinz, peanut butter or even sardines (don’t ask me).
Spaghetti hoops have also been suggested but the less said about that the better.
Main course toast guzzled it’s time to move on to your dessert and this is where the options get interesting.
There is a world of jams, preserves, marmalades and jellies – which I’m pretty sure are all the same thing – to choose from.
Honey and banana is a popular combo if you want to pretend you’re contributing to your five-a-day.
And we haven’t even spoken about Nutella yet.
New App Means You Can ‘try On’ Engagement Rings Without Leaving The House.. And It Could Be The Perfect Way To Drop The Hint
SEARCHING for the perfect engagement ring? Well, there’s an app for that.
No longer do you have to traipse around jewellery shops searching for the perfect bling – you just need your mobile phone.
Alamy The choice is all yours – and you can try before you buy
Engagement ring etailer Diamond Hedge has launched an AR iPhone which is going to blow your mind.
On the app you can digitally ‘try on’ different diamond rings, without even having to get out of your pyjamas – you just point your phone’s camera at your hand, and drag the ring onto your finger.
The app is impressive because it lets you customise your perfect ring and there are 20 different designs to go for – you can choose the carat size, the shape of the diamond, and the band.
You can choose from rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold – the choice is all yours.
Getty Images – Getty Meghan Markle’s ring is a popular design right now
Alamy A new app has been designed to make choosing the perfect ring a lot easier
Augmented reality (AR) is all the rage right now, and it’s believed it’ll soon completely change the way we shop.
The IKEA app created a load of fuss last year when it was revealed you could try out the furniture before you buy it.
And now, we have the same help with engagement rings.
If only you could point your phone at a hot guy and get him on his knee clutching your dream ring.
Diamond Hedge Live AR is free on the Apple App store.
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