In an essay, Serena Williams shared how she came closer to death after giving birth to her daughter Olympia, who recently turned two. The 23-time Grand Slam winner opened up on the complications she went through. Williams wrote: "It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs becomes blocked by a blood clot.
Because of my medical history with this problem, I live in fear of this situation. So, when I fell short of breath, I didn’t wait for a second to alert the nurses. This sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived.
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.
When I finally made it home to my family, I had to spend the first six weeks of motherhood in bed." Williams also spoke about the financial abuse women go through: "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," she wrote.
“In doing so, you become part of this narrative, making sure that one day, who you are or where you are from does not decide whether your baby gets to live or to die”.