Tennis star Serena Williams disclosed that she nearly "died after giving birth to my daughter," in an article she wrote for CNN.
36-year-old Serena, who holds the record of 23 grand slam winnings, had spoken about her difficult labor in an interview with Vogue at the beginning of this year. Williams had said during the Vogue interview that she underwent a series of operations just days after her daughter Olympia was delivered via a c-section.
Serena Williams has written in a CNN article that she 'almost died after giving birth' to her daughter Olympia
I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia. 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.
While Williams thought herself lucky to receive a lifesaving medical intervention, she talked about how unfortunate other Americans are:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women in the United States are over three times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes. But this is not just a challenge in the United States. Around the world, thousands of women struggle to give birth in the poorest countries. When they have complications like mine, there are often no drugs, health facilities or doctors to save them. If they don’t want to give birth at home, they have to travel great distances at the height of pregnancy.
Serena also urged others to donate to charities like UNICEF to support new mothers and babies. She wrote,
Every mother, everywhere, regardless of race or background deserves to have a healthy pregnancy and birth. And you can help make this a reality.