Tennis champ Serena Williams reveals she ‘almost died’ after giving birth to first baby

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Serena Williams Says She Almost Died After Giving Birth

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Tennis champion Serena Williams revealed she "almost died after giving birth" to her first child, daughter Olympia, last fall, according to a column by Williams on CNN.com.

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Williams had a relatively easy birth Sept. 1, 2017, delivering her daughter by C-section, but two hours later, she was in a fight for her life that lasted six days, she 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 a second to alert the nurses," Williams said.

She underwent three surgeries to deal with the health crisis and credited her medical team for her survival.

"When I finally made it home to my family, I had to spend the first six weeks of motherhood in bed," she wrote on CNN.com.

“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. If it weren't for their professional care, I wouldn't be here today.”

Williams knew about her health condition and was able to alert medical staffers that  something was wrong.

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Unfortunately, many women don't know their health risks. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, African-American women are three times more likely than others to die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth.

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