Thursday, March 3, 2011

Serena Williams Knocked By Clot Scare

Just days after enjoying herself at the Oscars, Serena Williams has been treated for blood clots in her lungs (pulmonary embolisms). The troubled star has now been diagnosed with a haematoma following her treatment for the clots.

Williams had a second emergency treatment to remove the haematoma.

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

Serena has said these latest setbacks are "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." 

When media tried to find out more information they spoke to a vascular surgeon, Dr. Nicholas J. Morrissey, who has not treated Williams, confirmed that Serena is now at a higher risk of developing further clots as a side effect of having multiple surgeries. “The surgery itself is a challenge, but when someone has to go for a second operation like that you’re going to be particularly careful about keeping them immobilized for a long period of time because once you do that, you put them at high risk for developing a clot."

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 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.'' 

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