Hope Solo, the professional footballer who was the goalkeeper for the US national team between 2000 and 2016, has revealed she nearly died after miscarrying twins.
The sportswoman, who’s married to former NLF player Jerramy Stevens, got pregnant after a long period of trying but sadly miscarried.
However, one week after the sad event, Hope was still in a lot of pain and went to hospital.
Turns out she had actually been pregnant with twins and one of them was ectopic, a type of pregnancy that could be life-threatening.
Speaking to Elle Magazine, she said: ‘The doctor said I was hours from dying. They ended up having to remove my fallopian tube.’
According to NHS statistics, one in every 90 pregnancies in the UK is ectopic – around 11,000 a year.
They can go unnoticed for the first 16 weeks of pregnancy, until the fertilised egg is large enough to cause significant pain. This could cause the rupture of the fallopian tube and internal bleeding.
However, women will usually notice symptoms earlier than this, such as one-sided stomach pain; discomfort when going to the toilet, and diarrhoea.
Hope is now undergoing fertility treatment to start a family with husband Jerramy, who she married in 2012.
The pair had actually known each other since college, but it was only in 2011 that Jerramy declared his love for Hope over dinner.
Hope was so surprised that her reaction was probably not what he’d expected.
‘I didn’t know what to say. So I said, “F*ck you,” and we didn’t talk for a year’, she said.
But the next time they saw each other, they decided to get married two months later.