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After tennis champion Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter in 2017, she almost died. Williams has a history of blood clots in her lungs. So when she had trouble breathing, she told a nurse that she needed a CT scan and blood thinner right away.
The nurse thought her pain medicine was making her confused, but Williams insisted. A CT scan revealed that she had several blood clots in her lungs.
While Williams credits her doctors for saving her life, her story shines a light on the risk of giving birth while Black. African-American women are three to four times more likely to die from pregznancy-related causes than white women, according to the CDC.
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