Serena Williams says she nearly died during 6 days after giving birth

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Serena Williams says she nearly died during 6 days after giving birth

Williams then goes on to detail the health complications that ensued from the embolism: her C-section wound "popped open" and doctors found a large hematoma (a swelling of clotted blood) in her abdomen, prompting Williams to undergo multiple surgeries.

In an op-ed for CNN, Williams explained that after giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, via C-section she had a pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot in the lungs.

"Around the world, thousands of women struggle to give birth in the poorest countries", she wrote.

"When I finally made it home to my family I had to spend six weeks of motherhood in bed."Williams praised the hospital Tuesday staff saying "if it weren't for their professional care, I wouldn't be here today".

"We're not spending a day apart until she's eighteen", Williams said half-jokingly during an interview with Rob Haskell of Vogue in January.

But this was not the first time the 36-year-old Williams has had a scrape with death from blood clots. The surgery was performed successfully, but Williams herself suffered a pulmonary embolism, a condition that she has a history of. "I feel like I've waited my whole life for this and we're happy to be working with Black Girls Code to bring you guys out". "Yet I consider myself fortunate", she wrote. Williams has a history of blood cot issues and knew to immediately seek medical help when her breathing became hard, however, the embolism led to other complications.

She called for greater healthcare during childbirth around the world, through causes such as UNICEF, as well as an end to the statistic that 80 per cent of newborn deaths arise from preventable causes.

Williams pointed out that 2.6 million newborns die each year due to a lack of medical care and access to medical facilities.

Emphasizing the importance of access to medical professionals and adequate healthcare facilities, the tennis star urges readers to donate to United Nations children's charity UNICEF or similar institutions, saying: "Every mother, everywhere, regardless of race or background deserves to have a healthy pregnancy and birth".

Thankfully, the complications following her pregnancy won't prevent her from chasing that goal.

The tennis pro is using her platform to inspire change.

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