Forever Changed: Summer Gibney’s Story, as told by Hub Williams

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Gibney, Summer PictureMy name is Hub Williams and I would like to share my wonderful partner’s story. On January 6, 2016, we lost a loving, caring, and amazing woman — who was only 36 years old — to a pulmonary embolism (PE or blood clot in the lung). Her name was Summer Kylene Gibney. She was very healthy and active, without any blood clot symptoms, except shortness of breath for about five days. Both she and I being nurses, we chalked it up to maybe the start of a flu or just the stress of the holidays.

Summer was at our local grocery store with her daughter when she blacked out and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were called. She was taken to our local hospital, where it was determined that she had a very large clot that would require clot buster medications to try to break up the clot. The hospital flew her to a more advanced hospital where this procedure could be performed. When she arrived at the new hospital, multiple clots were found in both of  her lungs, which required catheters to be placed in both lungs to administer the medication. After she started receiving the medication, she started going downhill and approximately 15 hours later she was no longer with us. The cause of the clots is still to be determined, but she was on birth control.

Summer was – and still is – an amazing woman who changed each and every person who she came into contact with. She always had a smile on her face and she took wonderful care of her 16-year-old daughter, whom she loved with all of her heart. I share her story with everyone I come into contact with hoping that I can make people aware of such an unknown risk that any one of us may be faced with. While sharing her story, I have met so many young people who have been in the same situation and it has truly changed their lives forever. It has also changed my life forever.

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Author: SW

4 Responses to "Forever Changed: Summer Gibney’s Story, as told by Hub Williams"

  1. Frank
    Frank Posted on April 6, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Im reading these stories, they found two blood clots in my lungs, im sorry for your loss

  2. Arianna
    Arianna Posted on April 29, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I was 21 when I found out about my saddle PE’s. I was on birth control and that it what caused mine. Hearing this story break my heart.I too had the blood clots in my lungs but after the Dr did a doppler ultrasound of my arms and legs there was no trace of blood clots. My brother lived in Austin Texas and worked at a Hospital there and told his co workers about me and how after a few days the Dr’s discharged me from the hospital and the Dr’s there were asking why i didn’t get a stint put in. So my question is, did her blood clots come from her arms or legs and travel to her lungs?

  3. Alicia
    Alicia Posted on April 29, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Im very sorry for your loss. I was wondering the same thing, if her clots were formed in her arm or her leg. I had a blood clot in my arm 2 years ago.

  4. lisa
    lisa Posted on June 1, 2016 at 12:36 am

    This is truly heart breaking! Sorry for your loss!
    So in short, I just recently was sent to the ER, I couldn’t catch my breath, I felt like I was 100 years old. I thought it was bronchitis or bad flu but nope, I ended up finding out I had a blood clot in my lower calf which caused two large
    bi lateral pulmonary embolisms. I’m an active healthy women, so after genetic blood testing being negative the doctors were certain it was the birth control pill I was on. ER Doctors were amazed I survived, I am still numb over this!
    So women please get off the birth control pill! it can kill you!! Not worth it!! a silent killer to women!!
    I wish you all the best!