One day after that, Williams had a procedure to remove a hematoma from her stomach. For the first time, she explained how that developed. The blood thinner shots (likely Lovenox) are administered into the fatty part of the stomach. They often leave large bruises and lead to swelling. Serena's bruise grew into the size of a grapefruit and needed to be drained in an emergency procedure.Such a hematoma would not be due to immobility. Both pulmonary embolisms and hematomas are at much increased risk by the use of EPO or similar drugs. In addition to its competition use, EPO is often used as a training drug to increase the athlete's stamina and ability to work out. Any doctor who allowed her to fly or drive to Vegas shortly after having a pulmonary embolism should have his/her license reviewed. Again, I will allow the reader to choose between two scenarios (or come up with your own):
She told Lauer that she hasn't really left the house recently, which runs contrary to a confirmed Deadspin report that Serena spoke at a conference in Las Vegas two days after her second hospitalization. The best news is that doctors tell her that her lungs are "fairly healthy" and she's "on the road to recovery.
1. Serena cut the top of her foot on a piece of glass at an unnamed restaurant and, although able to joust in high heels within days of this, had a lacerated tendon and osteomyelitis (a bone infection). She then had a pulmonary embolism as a risk factor for immobility (despite walking around in a soft cast) and an unusually large hematoma.
2. Serena injected herself with "something" in the top of her foot and this led to an infection of the bone from the needle being contaminated (a common cause of osteomyelitis in drug users). Initially, she was given a little bit of I.V. antibiotic and required only a small incision covered with a band-aid to hide it, but the infection spread, requiring a more invasive surgical intervention. A then out-of-shape Serena began a "supplement" regimen which may have included EPO to get ready for this year's tennis season and that (along with whatever other risk factors she may have had) caused a pulmonary embolism (and a superficial hematoma). Her apparent lack of concern about this PE as she cruises to Vegas and attends the Academy Awards, is due to the fact that she knows the chemical cause and knows that her risk of another one will be eliminated if she stops using the chemical in question.