Jorge Rivera "El Conquistador" -death of 17 year old daughter on pill

Gina gave birth to Janessa when Rivera was just 18 years old. Just 2-3 months before her death, Janessa was put on birth control pills, as her parents didn’t want her to face the same struggles of teenage pregnancy that they did.

In a cruel twist of fate, it was the birth control medication that led to Janessa’s death, as it increased the risk of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which blood clots form in a vein, usually in the legs. The clots can break off and get lodged in the lungs causing a pulmonary embolus (PE), which decreases the ability of the body to get oxygen into the blood stream.

Rivera had no idea of the potential dangers of birth control pills, but after doing research he discovered that DVT/PE is a widespread problem that claims at least 100,000 lives each year, according to a 2008 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report. The risk of developing DVT from birth control is 3-4 times greater than the risk in the general population.

Rivera hopes that other women can learn from Janessa’s story so future tragedies can be avoided.

“I don’t want anybody else to go through what we’re going through,” Rivera said. “It’s an extremely painful thing. To lose a child like this is unbelievable. You have hopes and dreams and expectations, and you never expect your kids to pass before you. It’s so unnatural. The pain that it brings is unbearable.”

This is a real tragedy and it underscores why the church does not encourage the use of birth control pills aka abortifacients. It not only kills babies but potential can do permanent harm to the women/young women who take them. More reasons to pray and for the loss that this young woman’s family is now bearing.

Sadly nothing on the packages to even warn about blood clots as even cigarettes have a black box warning.

Perhaps not on the box or bottle, but surely prescription contraceptives list the possible side effects on the flyer. At least they would in the US.

The pamphlet insert is a large sheet of paper with fine print so few read it.

Here is another article…

Jorge Rivera has fought on bigger stages against better opponents, but his win over Nissen Osterneck Wednesday was the most meaningful of his career.

That the fight was on the untelevised undercard of a Spike TV “Fight Night” mattered little. It was much more important to Rivera that he came through after dedicating the fight to his daughter Janessa, who died last August.

Rivera shared Janessa’s story with the Herald two weeks ago in the hopes of educating people about the potential dangers of birth control pills. Judging from the feedback he has received, Rivera accomplished his goal…

**“I’ve heard from people all across the United States that have had the same thing happen to them,” Rivera said. “It makes you realize that this is happening a lot more often than people think. **

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