Serena Williams has revealed the terrifying moment her baby daughter was rescued by doctors after her heart rate fell dangerously low during labour.
The tennis champ, who gave birth to Olympia in September 2017, had to have an emergency C-section when the monitor picked up her falling heart rate, and Serena was whisked off to theatre to have the operation.
Luckily Olympia was delivered safely and Serena told Vogue of the “amazing feeling” when her newborn was placed on her chest.
But that wasn’t the end of the drama, as Serena herself experienced dangerous symptoms that she thought pointed to a pulmonary embolism.
She told the fashion bible that she hurried out of the hospital room so her worried mum wouldn’t panic further, and told the nearest nurse she needed a blood thinner immediately.
When they brought in the wrong equipment, Serena couldn’t believe what they were doing.
A CT scan then revealed Serena had small blood clots on her lungs, prompting medical treatment straightaway.
And the run of bad luck didn’t stop there, as Serena’s C-section scar then “popped open” after a bout of coughing brought on by her clotted lungs – and she started bleeding internally thanks to a large hematoma in her abdomen.
After six days of hospital stay, Serena was finally ready to get home, but the bad luck continued to dog her when the night nurse they’d employed to look after baby Olympia fell through.
Her husband Alexis Ohanian told Vogue: “I was happy to change diapers, but on top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder.
“Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you’re trapped in it,” he added.
While Serena recently described motherhood as “phenomenal”, she also confessed to breaking down in tears as she struggled to come to terms with her new role.
“No one talks about the low moments – the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry,” she said.
“I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times. 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 beautiful baby? The emotions are insane.”