In a recent interview, tennis champion Serena Williams opened up about the circumstances of her daughter’s birth — and unfortunately, the joyful experience was tainted by life-threatening terror.
Serena and her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. (nicknamed “Olympia”), posed for the cover of Vogue magazine’s February issue. The Olympic athlete discussed being a new mom, her recent marriage to baby Alexis’ dad and namesake, Alexis Ohanian, and her forthcoming tennis comeback.
But perhaps the most heart-wrenching part of Serena’s interview was her admission that she had nearly died after delivering her daughter.
The first-time mom, 36, confessed that she’d had “an enviably easy pregnancy” until her scary labor experience.
Baby Olympia’s heart rate had dropped dangerously low during labor, leading to an emergency C-section to deliver her. The actual C-section went well, but complications the next day almost killed the tennis superstar.
“That was an amazing feeling,” Serena recalled of the delivery itself. “And then, everything went bad.”
Serena, who has a history of blood clots, had to go off of her daily anticoagulant medication for the C-section. The day after delivering Olympia, while still in the hospital recovering, Serena had shortness of breath.
Having experienced the symptoms before, she assumed she was having a pulmonary embolism and demanded the medical team give her a scan and a blood-thinner medication. A nurse initially tried to brush off her worries, but Serena insisted and her intuition wound up being right — the CT scan revealed several small blood clots in her lungs.
To make matters worse, coughing from the pulmonary embolism caused her new C-section wound to pop open and hemorrhage. The entire experience left her bedridden for the first six weeks of motherhood.
Thankfully, Serena has since recovered and is now enjoying life with her new husband and their beautiful bundle of joy.
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[H/T: ABC News]
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