In December, Mitchell’s family announced that the influencer, who was pregnant with their fifth child and who ran the popular Instagram account The Hidden Way, died unexpectedly on the morning of December 22nd.
At the time, a GoFundMe founded by Mitchell’s family said the young mother was drinking coffee and breakfast at home in Rhode Island when she “suddenly stopped responding” and her family and medical staff could not save her.
This week, an update to GoFundMe found the doctor’s office found the 36-year-old had died of a pulmonary embolism and that her unborn baby, whom the couple had named Joey, had also died from it.
“A few days ago we heard from the State Medical Examiners Office that the official cause of death was pulmonary embolism,” said the update from Mitchell’s husband, Joseph. “Although it is difficult to ponder how this could have happened, we know that all first responders and medical staff went out of their way to help, so we are sure it was simply their time. The Lord called her home. “
Pulmonary embolism is a blockage in the lungs, often caused by a blood clot that has entered the lungs from another part of the body, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Pregnancy is a risk factor for pulmonary embolism. The Mayo Clinic notes, “The baby’s weight pressing on veins in the pelvis can slow blood return from the legs, and blood clots are more likely to form if the blood slows down or pools.”
In the update, the family also expressed their gratitude for the “outpouring of love and support,” writing, “The children and I are so grateful for the outpouring of love and support following the sudden transmission of our beloved Emily and Baby Joey. Words cannot describe how meaningful your words, gestures, expressions, and encouragement were to us. “
The couple, who share children Finn, Isla, Edie and Lulu, first announced they were expecting their fifth child in November when Mitchell posted a photo of herself and her husband with a sonogram on Instagram.
“YOUR. NUMBER FIVE. Who guessed the secret ?! You probably noticed that I was a little MIA. Maybe that’s why, lol,” she signed the photo, adding that she was 11 weeks pregnant at the time was.
After her death, Mitchell’s husband said he plans to continue teaching their children “in the spirit and vision that Emily loved so passionately,” and “learn how best to keep sharing what the kids and I do on Instagram project”. .
As of Thursday, the GoFundMe page set up for the family has raised $ 173,245, beating the $ 150,000 goal.