Serena Williams Undergoes Emergency Surgery for Blood Clot in Lung

6 years ago

Serena Williams had a crazy week. On Tuesday she underwent an emergency procedure to remove a blood clot from her lung. After that Williams developed a pulmonary hematoma requiring a second emergency surgery.

Pulmonary emboli frequently cause breathlessness and if left untreated can be extremely dangerous and cause strokes and heart attacks.

- Pip C., Tennis Perspective

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Serena Williams is one of the most fit people I can think of. I mean sure she has foot problems, but how does something like this happen? On Sunday she was having a blast at Elton John's Oscars party and on Tuesday she ends up having emergency surgery. Twice.

That is scary. It has journalists wondering if it could happen to any of us. Linda Shrieves asks "What is a pulmonary embolism and how to tell if you have one."

Serena's newest health scare has sports bloggers wondering if Williams will ever be the same superstar tennis player we have known for so long.

Given Williams' injury history, we should expect to see her on the court again before the season ends, and possibly even before the U.S. Open, or Wimbledon. 

But, when she returns, will she still be the same dominant force on the WTA Tour that she was before her injury, suffered when she dropped a glass on her foot shortly after last year's Wimbledon title? 

- SB Nation

Serena Williams is currently recovering in California.


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