(BlackDoctor.org) — Tennis pro Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at a hospital in Los Angeles after suffering a blood clot in her lungs, according to reports.
Williams, 29, turned out for Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, however her health took a turn for the worse Monday.
“Monday, Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Medical Center] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation,” a representative for Williams, Nicole Chabot, said.
“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 she added.
Update: Serena Williams released a statement about her condition later Wednesday:
“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.”
In another statement, her agents said the clot was caught in time and that Serena is resting at home under doctor’s care.
There had been reports that the 13-time Grand Slam champion could miss up to a year. Her timetable seems more optimistic.