People Magazine reported this morning that Serena Williams has received emergency treatment after suffering from a pulmonary embolism last week. She was reportedly taken to L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after attending the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party on Sunday evening and has been undergoing treatment there.
Via People Magazine:
“Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation,” (her) rep (Nicole Chabot) says in an exclusive statement.
“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.”
The rep added, “Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications.”
Andy Roddick offers additional insight.information via ESPN:
“It’s scary,” said Roddick, in the hotel lobby following a (Davis Cup) practice session (in Santiago, Chile). “I actually learned through Brooke, she was actually with her, hanging out with her two, three nights ago. We didn’t know the severity of it.
“Obviously, first and foremost, you just want her to get back to health. That’s some serious stuff. Obviously, we’re worried about it.”
Roddick had already headed to Chile when Decker, a star of the new movie “Just Go With It,” went to an Oscar party Sunday night that Williams also attended.
“They were at one of the Oscar functions and they were hanging out all night,” Roddick said. “They kind of went through what was happening. We knew about the first part of it that happened last week. But we didn’t know about this relapse.”
Here’s Serena at Elton John’s Oscar party – looking a little strained?:
Photo via GoFugYourself
Per the LATimes, Cedars Sinai will not confirm whether Williams is currently being hospitalized there (as of Wednesday, midday.) The LATimes describes the injury, which is quite serious and may require months of treatment:
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot, usually originating in a vein in the upper thigh, that breaks loose and travels to the lung. Classically, a person develops a pulmonary embolism when he or she has risk factors for the problem — including pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, clotting problems and obesity — and remain sedentary for a period of time, allowing blood to stagnate in the leg and form a clot.
People who take long airplane trips and car rides are at risk for pulmonary embolism, as are people who suffer an injury that keeps their leg immobilized. Williams cut tendons in her right foot when she stepped on some broken glass in July. It is possible that clotting around the injury site contributed to the pulmonary embolism, said cardiologist Dr. Ralph Brindis, president of the American College of Cardiologists.
Another possibility is that Williams’ clot originated in her subclavian vein, which in muscular athletes can get compressed below the collarbone and first rib. But Brindis said he’d be “very surprised” if that were an issue in this case.
Typically, doctors treat pulmonary embolism by administering anticoagulant drugs such as Warfarin or Coumadin to prevent additional clotting. Williams may be on the medications for several months, doctors said.
All in all a very scary, unexpected and sad development. Here’s wishing Serena a swift and safe recovery. Tennis needs her!