READ The Scary Story About Serena Williams Health Scare After Delivering Her Daughter Alexis.

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Serena Williams, graces the cover of Vogue magazine for February, with her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian.

Serena shares a terrifying episode, in which she tells the story of delivering her child, the days that followed, and how she risked dying. 

After an emergency C-section, Williams encountered what is an often fatal complication: Blood clots. 

 Vogue reports:

"The next day, while recovering in the hospital, Serena suddenly felt short of breath. Because of her history of blood clots, and because she was off her daily anticoagulant regimen due to the recent surgery, she immediately assumed she was having another pulmonary embolism. 

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. The nurse thought her pain medicine might be making her confused. 

But Serena insisted, and soon enough a doctor was performing an ultrasound of her legs. “I was like, a Doppler? I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip,” she remembers telling the team. 
The ultrasound revealed nothing, so they sent her for the CT, and sure enough, several small blood clots had settled in her lungs. Minutes later she was on the drip. “I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!”