During the birth of her child and a hair's breath away from death Serena Williams miraculously pulled through after a truly scary ordeal, while giving birth to her first and so far only child.
Now, after her near death experience, the popular tennis player has issued a rallying cry to improve healthcare for pregnant women and new mothers around the world. She saw the need for this after She experienced first hand traumatic labor.
The 36 year old former women's world number one tennis player, was forced to have an emergency c-section in order to deliver her daughter Alexis Olympia.
It was after her heart rate started to plummet that the emergency procedure was carried out.
The baby came out. But the following day after the birth, Williams started experiencing shortness of breath. Several blood clots where revealed in her lungs, during a scan to check the cause.
To dissolve the potentially deadly clots, She was given a drip with anti-coagulant drugs. But that's when things took a turn for the worst. Williams was coughing alot due to her pulmonary embolism, and the pressure of the cough on her stomach, ended up tearing open the scar from the c-section and her abdomen filled with her now-thinned blood.
Acting fast, Doctors where able to save her life after they inserted a filter into a major vein to prevent any more clots from entering her lungs. Weakened but relatively out of danger, she was put on bed rest for the next six weeks to recover from the harrowing experience.
Unfortunately, Williams' is not alone in her traumatic incident. Statistics reveal that every year, 25 per 100,000 women die in childbirth in the United States alone-, which is more than double the rate in western Europe. The risk rate in Black American women is triple that of their white peers.
The death rate is even much higher In poorer countries.
But during an interview with CNN where she narrated he experience, Williams admitted that she had world class Proffesionals who helped her through.
|Serena Williams almost died during childbirth|
But Inspite of the near death experience she faced, the legendary tennis star considers herself lucky.
'I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia. Yet I consider myself fortunate,' Williams writes.
Several months after the incident, a resplendent Williams walked down the isle in a star studded wedding and Alexis her daughter was in her arms. Both looked so good and healthy it would have been hard to believe what near tragedy transpired a few months before.
And now, the celebrated athlete is already knocking balls and attempting a return to the game that made her a household name. Having lost her world number one ranking, she will have to be fit and ready to take on the bunch of talented, in-form players who have prevailed in her absence.