When Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter in 2017, she informed her health care providers of her history of clotting disorders and that she was struggling to breathe post-delivery.
Despite this, her providers initially dismissed her needs. She was eventually rushed into emergency surgery and bedridden for six weeks after her delivery. Kathryn Reed, the vice chair for equity, inclusion and community engagement and assistant professor of physician assistant studies at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, said Williams’ experience is not uncommon for Black women and other minorities, and is a result of racial bias within healthcare.
“If it’s happening to her then we can almost conclusively say that it’s happening to lots and lots of patients outside of that purview,” Reed said.
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