Prayers Up! Serena & Venus’ Father Suffers A Stroke
He was a fixture at just about every one of his daughter’s games. So it was different that Richard Williams, father of famed tennis superstars Venus and Serena, was not in the stands during his daughter’s Wimbledon championships this past weekend. Well, news just surfaced that the 74-year-old had suffered a stroke.
According to Williams’ third wife, 37-year-old Lakeisha Williams, the patriarch of the Williams family is still recovering.
“His condition is fair; he’s up and walking around, but he’s not at 100 percent,” Lakeisha Williams said.
“He needs speech therapy, psychological therapy and physical therapy, but for now, he refused,” she said. “I’m trying to get him under control and relaxed so that when we come back from out of town we could try to get that going. But he doesn’t wish to be bothered with anybody.”
“His mind is thinking that they’re going to put him back in ‘prison’—which is what he calls the hospital,” she said. “He thinks we are just going to take him back to the hospital, but that is not correct.”
She added: “His mind is telling him that since he was once in charge of his life, after what’s happened he’s not accepting it.
“To him he’s a normal person – nothing happened to him.”
Stroke can be caused either by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain (called an ischemic stroke) or by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). That’s when brain cells begin to die. A TIA (transient ischemic attack), or “mini stroke”, is caused by a temporary clot.
Nearly 800,000 (approximately 795,000) people in the United States have a stroke every year, with about three in four being first-time strokes. African-Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other racial group in America.
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 people a year (128,978). That’s one in every 20 deaths.
Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds and every four minutes, someone dies of stroke.
Daughters Venus and Serena, of course kept his condition private as they headed to Wimbledon to…