Serena Williams Reveals She Nearly Died During Traumatic Childbirth

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On Tuesday, tennis legend Serena Williams revealed in a self-written essay that she nearly died from childbirth complications while delivering her daughter Olympia. She underwent an emergency C-section to deliver the baby, which resulted in the mother’s pulmonary embolism.

She wrote on CNN:

“First my C-section wound popped open due to the intense coughing I endured as a result of the embolism. 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 is using the revelation to bring awareness to the millions, if not billions, of mothers who risk their lives with every birth due to substandard medical care. She ended with a plea for people to give their time or money to causes seeking to fix this issue:

“You can demand governments, businesses and health care providers do more to save these precious lives. You can donate to UNICEF and other organizations around the world working to make a difference for mothers and babies in need.”

We’re glad both mother and child were able to survive the ordeal and use their misfortune to assemble for others.