Serena Williams reveals how she ‘almost died’ after giving birth to her daughter

The former world No 1 and most successful Open-era women's tennis player has gone into detail about the complications she suffered after giving birth last September

Wednesday 21 February 2018 10:33
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Serena Williams has revealed how she 'almost died' after giving birth last September
Serena Williams has revealed how she 'almost died' after giving birth last September

Serena Williams "almost died" after giving birth to her daughter last September, the former women's world No 1 tennis player revealed on Tuesday.

Williams had previously explained some of the complications she had after giving birth but offered more details about an experience that has since inspired her to speak out about the importance of affordable child care.

"I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia," Williams, 36, wrote in the opening line of a CNN column.

Williams was bedridden for six weeks from a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, after her daughter was delivered by emergency caesarean section.

"I am so grateful I had access to such an incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment," said Williams.

"They knew exactly how to handle this complicated turn of events. If it weren't for their professional care, I wouldn't be here today."

Williams said her C-section wound popped open due to intense coughing endured as a result of the embolism.

She had surgery, where doctors found a large hematoma in her abdomen and returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from travelling to her lungs.

Williams sitting in front of her husband Alexis Ohanian and their daughter Olympia

She went on to encourage people to donate to charities that help mothers and newborns around the world.

Williams, who has won an Open-era record 23 grand slam singles titles, returned to competition nine days ago when she represented the United States in a Fed Cup doubles match.

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