Serena Williams Reveals She Almost Died After Giving Birth

Serena Williams Reveals She Almost Died After Giving Birth

Former world number one Serena Williams said she nearly died giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr in September.

The former world No1 had already revealed in an interview with Vogue that she was bedridden for six weeks after the birth of Alexis Olympia past year following an emergency caesarean section.

She stated that 'I nearly died after giving birth to my daughter, but I consider myself fortunate.

Serena Williams's husband Alexis Ohanian and their daughter Alexis Olympia watch her in action at the Fed Cup earlier this month.

Williams goes on to explain how she suffered a pulmonary embolism, where one or more of the arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot.

"I nearly died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia", Williams, 36, wrote in the opening line of her article. Doctors looked to stitch it up and found a hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood, in her belly. She introduced the baby to the world in the cutest way, but five month later, Williams revealed that she nearly died giving birth.

She continues: "My daughter was born by emergency C-section after her heart rate dropped dramatically during contractions". 'The surgery went smoothly'. Because of my medical history with this problem, I live in fear of this situation. So, when I fell short of breath, I didn't wait for a second to alert the nurses.

Olympia was courtside in Asheville, North Carolina, as her mother played her first competitive match since winning the Australian Open while pregnant in 2017.

And yesterday she opened up about the full extent of her health scare - revealing that she was rushed to hospital after coughing so much her c-section wound burst open.

After spending the first six weeks of motherhood in bed, Williams is back on her feet and sharing her baby's first moments with the masses.

Williams, a Unicef goodwill ambassador, said she was "so grateful" to have had access to such an "incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment". When they have complications like mine, there are often no drugs, health facilities or doctors to save them. "If it weren't for their professional care, I wouldn't be here today".

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