Serena Williams Shares Terrifying Details of Her Birth Story

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After her heart rate severely dropped during contractions, Ms. Williams gave birth to her daughter on September 1, 2017, via emergency cesarean section.

The drama began when Serena was rushed to have an emergency c-section after daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.'s heart rate plummeted during contractions.

But then, Serena says, everything went terribly wrong.

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Williams has a history of blood clots (she suffered a fall in 2011 that led to a pulmonary embolism) so when she started feeling short of breath the next day in the hospital, she knew something was wrong. (Serena lives in fear of blood clots.) She walked out of the hospital room so her mother wouldn't worry and told the nearest nurse, between gasps, that she needed a CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away.

She recalled: "I was like, a Doppler?" I don't need the money or the titles or the prestige. Indeed, they found several small blood clots in her lungs and treated her with blood thinners.

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"On top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder", Ohanian told Vogue of his wife. Intense coughing caused her surgery wound to open and a haematoma was found in her abdomen.

One person, a registered nurse named Jo from Denver, tweeted a sharing a story of one patient she cared for - a black woman who'd had abdominal surgery - whose severe pain went ignored by multiple doctors for hours.

. "Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you're trapped in it". The fact that a wealthy, powerful Black woman with her status was not believed by her doctors caused many to raise questions about how Black women are treated (or not treated) in the world of medicine.

And, according to a recent report by black women are three or four times more likely than white women to die during childbirth.

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Williams said that despite the physical stresses from having a baby, she was in a far better place mentally than she'd ever been throughout her career. I guess that's just who I am. Had she not ardently spoken up about her symptoms, Williams may have lost her life. Williams now has 23, but she is aware of what's in the record books and wants to win 25.

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