In this months Vogue magazine Serena Williams tells the story of how she had to essentially give medical staff specific instructions on how to save her life after she gave birth to her brand new baby.
According to Vogue: “(Serena) walked out of the hospital room so her mother wouldn’t worry and told the nearest nurse, between gasps, that she needed a CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away. The nurse thought her pain medicine might be making her confused. But Serena insisted, and soon enough a doctor was performing an ultrasound of her legs.
‘I was like, a Doppler? I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip,’ she remembers telling the team. The ultrasound revealed nothing, so they sent her for the CT, and sure enough, several small blood clots had settled in her lungs. Minutes later she was on the drip. ‘I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!’”
Now women of color are coming out all over social media saying this has been their experience as well, and sometimes doctors ignoring the requests of women of color has lead some of them to them lose their lives. Check out the tweets below!
Serena Williams had the agency and financial means to advocate for herself and challenge nurses and doctors about her health. Think of how many working-class Black women don't have access to that and are being led to their deaths by obstetricians.— Evette Dionne 🤔 (@freeblackgirl) January 10, 2018
This happened to Serena Williams.— Kim Love (@kimmaytube) January 10, 2018
Remember, she's a world famous multimillionaire.
This happens to black women EVERY single day. This is one reason our #MaternalMortality rates are ridiculously & disproportionately high.
Please pay attention. https://t.co/mTJad6PFr8
Serena Williams had to save her own life after giving birth, revealing medical bias faced by black women in America who have a higher chance of dying during or right after pregnancy than a woman in developing areas of Central Europe or Eastern Asia. https://t.co/kYtGSzR0Qa— Tracy Jan (@TracyJan) January 11, 2018
Listen closely. If Serena Williams with all her money, power, access & reach had her voice IGNORED - what do you think happens to poor, immigrant Black women? https://t.co/IUgnU28sFF— LeslieMac (@LeslieMac) January 10, 2018