Serena Williams Says She Almost Died After Giving Birth To Daughter Olympia

| February 21 , 2018 , 19:25 IST

Former World No.1 Tennis player Serena Williams, who in September 2017 gave birth to daughter Olympia, said she almost died in the process. The international Tennis sensation penned these details in an editorial.

Complications of Williams’s health after giving birth were revealed previously, but only recently has offered more details.

Being bed-ridden for six weeks post delivery, she had series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, after her daughter was delivered by emergency cesarean 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,” wrote 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,” she added.

The tennis star’s C section wound burst open because of intense coughing as a result of the embolism. Even in the surgery, doctors found a large hematoma in her abdomen. She also had procedures done to prevent clots from reaching her lungs.

This experience led has since inspired her to speak out about the importance of affordable child care. She also encouraged people to donate to charities that help mothers and their babies worldwide.

Serena Williams holds the Open-record of 23 Grand Slam titles and is one of the most decorated players in the sport.