Serena Williams says she “almost died” after giving birth to her daughter last year.
The tennis superstar revealed the details of her difficult birth in a column for CNN published on Tuesday.
Previously the former women’s number one revealed she was bedridden for six weeks after the birth of her daughter Olympia due to a series of complications.
Williams (36) is now using the near-death experience to speak out for the importance of affordable child care and is doing so by divulging more details of the complicated birth.
Olympia Alexis Ohanian Junior was delivered by emergency caesarean, which caused a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries.
According to Williams, her C-section wound popped open after intense coughing endured as a result of the embolism. During the surgery to repair the wound, doctors found a massive hematoma in her abdomen.
The doctors returned to the operating room to perform another procedure to prevent blood clots from travelling to her lungs.
“I am so grateful I had access to such an incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment. They knew exactly how to handle this complicated turn of events,” Williams said.
Williams encouraged people to donate to charities that specifically help mothers and newsborns saying that she was extremely grateful for her doctors without whom, she added, she would not be alive.
The 23 grand slam singles title winner just returned to competitive tennis nine days ago when she represented the United States in a Fed Cup doubles match.