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Serena Williams Reveals She ''Almost Died'' Giving Birth To Her Daughter, Alexis Olympia

Updated On 17 Jul, 2018 Published On 21 Feb, 2018
Serena Williams Reveals She ''Almost Died'' Giving Birth To Her Daughter, Alexis Olympia

American Tennis legend and Olympian Serena Williams has recently opened up about her life-threatening delivery last September. In a new op-ed for CNN, Williams revealed she almost died while giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia. Williams said she underwent a c-section after her daughter's heart rate dropped significantly. The surgery was successful, and her daughter was alive in her arms. However, she suffered a severe pulmonary embolism.

American Tennis Star Serena Williams Reveals She ''Almost Died'' While Giving Birth To Her First Daughter, Alexis Olympia; Says 'I'm Fortunate'

  • Tennis veteran Serena Williams recently shared her experience in giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia.
  • Williams said she almost died after she gave birth to her in September 2017 through c-section.
  • Her body scan after a day of delivery revealed she had several blood clots in her lungs.
  • Williams was given a drip with anticoagulants, but the c-section scar opened from her coughing.
  • The 36-year-old athlete has recently revealed she has penned an op-ed about the dire state of maternal deaths and infant deaths across the world.

 American Tennis legend and Olympian Serena Williams has recently opened up about her life-threatening delivery last September. In a new op-ed for CNN, Williams revealed she almost died while giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia.

Williams said she underwent a c-section after her daughter's heart rate dropped significantly. The surgery was successful, and her daughter was alive in her arms. However, she suffered a severe pulmonary embolism.

Tennis star Serena Williams with her daughter Alexis Olympia

 

Source: People

Williams said,

This sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived. First, my C-section wound popped open due to the intense coughing I endured as a result of the embolism.

She continued,

I returned to surgery, where the doctors found a large hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood, in my abdomen. And then I returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from traveling to my lungs. When I finally made it home to my family, I had to spend the first six weeks of motherhood in bed.

Williams further explained though she went through some severe health complications, her access to high-class doctors and medical professionals kept her alive. She confessed that the privilege couldn't be experienced by many other women, especially when it comes to low-income and expectant black mothers.

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian with their daughter at their wedding in November

 

Source: Daily Mail

In the op-ed, Williams wrote,

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women in the United States are over three times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes.

 Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian tied the knot in November 2017, two months later they welcomed their daughter. The couple exchanged their vows at the star-studded wedding at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

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