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Serena Williams shares her near death experience during child birth

Serena Williams shares her near death experience during child birth

Halep has suffered first-round defeats in her last two trips to Melbourne and remains without a Grand Slam title, having lost two French Open finals, including last year's to Jelena Ostapenko.

She is working on her clothing line and investing in tech ventures owned by women and African Americans as well as continuing her philanthropic efforts focused on children and education.

Maria Sharapova, however, is the one player who can match Williams' intensity and single-minded desire for success, not to mention her status as a drawcard.The Russian is lurking in the shadows as a major contender as she continues to rebuild her career after a 15-month doping ban after she tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. But Serena wasn't. She started to struggle with breathing, and developed pulmonary embolism again. (Serena lives in fear of blood clots.) She walked out of the hospital room so her mother wouldn't worry and told the nearest nurse, between gasps, that she needed a CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away.

"That was an unbelievable feeling", Williams told Vogue.

Serena told Vogue, "I was like, a Doppler?"

"I don't need the money or the titles or the prestige", Williams told Vogue.

"Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, 'Why do I feel so sad when I have a handsome baby?' The emotions are insane", she said.

The hospital workers performed a CT scan after the ultrasound revealed nothing. The scan showed that several small blood clots had settled in her lungs.

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Trump also denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday.

Her health complications didn't end there.

Williams says the experience has taken an emotional toll on her as well.

Because she had been taking blood-thinners to dispel the clots, the medication caused bleeding at the site of the Caesarian section.

Her C-section wound popped open from the intense coughing caused by the pulmonary embolism, and during surgery they found that a large hematoma had flooded her abdomen.

"This is how you know that racism in medicine can impact anyone at any income level", writer Mikki Kendall said.

. And while her story is indeed scary, it's not uncommon. In New York, the maternal mortality rate for Black women was 7 times higher compared to white women between 2001 and 2005.

It has been a whirlwind 12 months for Williams since beating sister Venus at last year's Australian Open, as not only has she become a mother, she has also got married.

Many are saying doctors and nurses "need to do better" at listening to the black women they have as patients.

. Last year ProPublica published a shocking tale of how one woman-a doctor at that-died from one of the most common serious pregnancy complications: preeclampsia. It's so important to hear that this happens to everyone.


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