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Serena Williams Discusses Health on Today Show

Lauren LynchCorrespondent IIMarch 9, 2011

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After the emergency hospitalization for a pulmonary embolism and the subsequent hematoma, Serena Williams appeared on the Today Show this morning to talk about her health and her future.

Williams was hospitalized nearly three weeks ago, citing swelling in her leg and difficulty breathing. After doctors failed to find anything in her leg, a CAT scan of her lungs was conducted. 

There they found several blood clots. Williams said the doctors told her, "They had to check me in immediately or else ... it wasn't going to be a good result."

She was treated with blood thinners, but wound up back in the hospital on Feb. 28 with a large hematoma in her stomach. Doctors cited her inactivity and frequent flights as the source for the clotting.

With regard to her health and future, Williams said, "I still have several clots in my lung. They're just there, and they have to eventually dissolve. So I'm just taking it one day at a time. Just on the road to recovery.”

When asked about her return to tennis, she said, "I said I wanted to return this summer, and I was hoping to return way sooner than that. Being so close to ... the scariest moment in my life, I really just want to come back and be able to do well." 

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