The cause of death in the unexpected Dec. 22 passing of Emily Mitchell, a popular parenting blogger and influencer who was roughly 16 weeks pregnant with her fifth child, has been revealed by organizers of a fundraising page for her family.
“A few days ago we learned from the state Medical Examiner’s Office that the official cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. Although it is challenging to wrap our heads around how this could have happened, we know all first responders and medical personnel did everything they could to help, and therefore we are certain that it was simply her time; the Lord was calling her home,” the Jan. 12 post, shared by Today, reads.
Mitchell’s site, The Hidden Way, chronicled the raising and home schooling of her four children, People magazine reported. She also posted regular updates on Instagram, where she amassed more than 100,000 followers, a figure that has nearly doubled to 175,000 since her death, Today confirmed.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs. In most cases, the life-threatening condition is caused by blood clots that travel to the lungs from deep veins in the legs, Today reported.
Mitchell is survived her husband, Joseph Mitchell, and their four children: Finn, Isla, Eden and Luna.
“The children and I are so thankful for the outpouring of love and support in the wake of the sudden passing on of our beloved Emily and baby Joey,” the update stated. “Words can’t describe how meaningful your words, gestures, expressions, and encouragement have been to us.”