Mother of Thetford teenager who died after taking contraceptive pill claims they were not told the risks

Strip of contraceptive pills. Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Strip of contraceptive pills. Tim Ireland/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The mother of a teenage girl who died after taking a contraceptive pill claims she was not told about the risks associated with the drug, an inquest heard.

Charlotte Lockwood, of Jubilee Close, Thetford, died after suffering a cardiac arrest on August 17 in 2014 at the Royal Brampton Hospital in London.

An inquest in Norwich today has heard how the 15-year-old was prescribed a combined oral contraceptive pill on December 4, 2013 to help control her heavy menstrual bleeding.

But in a written statement, her mother Emma Cruickshank, claimed they were not warned about the risks of the medication.

She said: 'I firmly believe that had both Charlotte and I been properly informed of the blood clotting risks associated with the combined oral contraceptive pill, the prescription would have been refused due to our known family history of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.'

The inquest is due to continue this afternoon.