On the HBO docuseries “Being Serena,” Serena Williams revealed her life-threatening experience after delivering her baby, Alexis Olympia. At first, things moved smoothly as her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, captured the moment her baby was delivered via an unplanned C-section.
The mother and father were happy, welcoming their daughter into the world, until Williams’s health took a scary turn. She recounted: “I put a little makeup on so I could take pictures with the baby. And I just remember getting up, and I couldn’t breathe.”
Doctors struggled to find the cause of her symptoms, but Williams said she knew what the problem was. She said, “I’m like, ‘Listen, I need you to run a CAT scan with dye because I have a pulmonary embolism in my lungs. I know it; I’ve had this before. I know my body.’”
After multiple visits to the operating room and a blood clot in her leg, Williams was released from the hospital five days later.
Since the ordeal, she and her baby have recovered.
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Williams looked back on the harrowing experience. “I was so healthy. My pregnancy was so easy. Like, I didn’t have any problems. But, unfortunately, once I had the C-section, everything from there was pretty much a nightmare.”
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