Serena Williams' Emergency Surgery

Tennis champ and entrepreneur Serena Williams was rushed to an L.A. hospital to undergo emergency treatment for a pulmonary embolism.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams is undergoing emergency treatment for a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism in an L.A. hospital, according to her reps.

Williams' people released the following statement:

"Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation."

"Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot. Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications. Serena did indeed suffer from a pulmonary embolism last week, and the hematoma was another unexpected scare. Thankfully everything was caught in time. With continued doctor visits to monitor her situation, she is recuperating at home under strict medical supervision."

Williams herself sent a message to fans. "Thank you everyone for all of your prayers, concerns, and support. This has been extremely hard, scary and disappointing. I am doing better, I'm at home now and working with my doctors to keep everything under control. I know I will be ok, but am praying and hoping this will all be behind me soon. While I can't make any promises now on my return, I hope to be back by early summer. That said, my main goal is to make sure I get there safely."

The tennis champ attended Elton John's Oscar party Sunday night and hit the hospital on Tuesday.

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