Doctors told her she was “within hours of dying” after she miscarried her twins.

Professional soccer player Hope Solo and her husband, former professional football player Jerramy Stevens, learned she was pregnant in early 2018. The news came after a long period of trying to start a family after getting married in 2012.

It was only after the miscarriage that nearly took her life that Solo and Stevens learned they were actually expecting twins. One of those twins, according to Elle, was ectopic. Solo was still experiencing a lot of pain a week later.

According to Mayo Clinic, an ectopic pregnancy “occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus,” most often in a fallopian tube.

After doctors told Solo just how close to death she was, they also revealed to her that as a result of the ectopic pregnancy, they had to remove her fallopian tube. As Mayo Clinic reports, pelvic pain is often the first symptom of an ectopic pregnancy.

However, ectopic pregnancies can also cause a fallopian tube to rupture, creating heavy bleeding. Solo said:

“The doctor said I was hours from dying. They ended up having to remove my fallopian tube.”

While dealing with the aftermath of her miscarriage, Hope Solo continued on with her mission of equality in men’s and women’s soccer.

Just days after losing their twins, Solo ran for president of United States Soccer Federation. She described the campaign as difficult given the emotions she was dealing with, and while she didn’t expect to win, Solo knew her “voice was important.”

As Elle reports, almost no one knew that she was pregnant or that she had just suffered a miscarriage:

“That speech took a lot. Even before all that, it would have taken courage.”

In her interview with Elle, Solo described herself as “polarizing,” and while her reputation remains a topic of criticism, Roger Pielke, director of the Sports Governance Center at the University of Colorado, said this of Solo:

“That is one of the things that surprised me most about Hope. The difference between who she is in person and the spin that’s been generated about her for a long time.”

This is the first time Solo has opened up about her miscarriage. It’s unclear if she plans on talking more about what she went through.

However, the former Olympian told Elle that she’s currently going through in-vitro fertilization, in hopes of starting a family.

This is the first time since 2007 that fans of the United States Women’s National Team have not seen Solo as the starting goalie at the World Cup.

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