Serena Williams: I almost died after giving birth

Former world primary Serena Williams (Getty Photographs)

Giving birth to her first youngster almost value Serena Williams her life, the 23-time Grand Slam champion revealed.

Williams turned a mom to daughter Alexis Olympia on Sept. 1 final yr by way of emergency C-part.

It was alleged to be a cherished and satisfying second nevertheless it was considered one of worry for the 36-yr-previous American star, who didn’t defend her Australian Open title after sitting out the opening Slam of 2018.

“I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia,” Williams – who made her aggressive return within the Fed Cup however misplaced a lifeless rubber alongside sister Venus – wrote in her column for CNN. “But I contemplate myself lucky.

“Whereas I had a reasonably straightforward being pregnant, my daughter was born by emergency C-part after her coronary heart price dropped dramatically throughout contractions. The surgical procedure went easily. Earlier than I knew it, Olympia was in my arms. It was probably the most superb feeling I’ve ever skilled in my life. However what adopted simply 24 hours after giving birth have been six days of uncertainty.

“It started with a pulmonary embolism, which is a situation through which a number of arteries within the lungs turns into blocked by a blood clot. Due to my medical historical past with this drawback, I stay in worry of this example. So, when I fell in need of breath, I did not wait a second to alert the nurses.

“This sparked a slew of well being problems that I am fortunate to have survived. First my C-part wound popped open because of the intense coughing I endured because of the embolism. I returned to surgical procedure, the place the docs discovered a big hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood, in my stomach. 

“After which I returned to the working room for a process that forestalls clots from touring to my lungs. When I lastly made it residence to my household, I needed to spend the primary six weeks of motherhood in mattress.”