ATLANTA, September 15, 2017– On Monday, September 18, 2017, Judge Glenda Hatchett and her son, Charles S. Johnson IV will appear on Dr. Oz’s Season Premiere to talk about the tragic death of his wife and mother of their two young sons, Kira Dixon Johnson, and to raise awareness around maternal mortality and how it is an epidemic in our country.
Kira Dixon Johnson, the healthy, brilliant, and vibrant wife of Charles S. Johnson, IV, and mother of two beautiful children ages one and three, tragically died on April 13, 2016 at 2:22 am due to massive blood loss after a scheduled cesarean section delivery of their second son. Kira suffered ten hours of internal bleeding and inexcusable, extreme neglect at the hands of her medical providers. Charles S. Johnson IV and their two precious sons have filed a lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Arjang Naim, M.D., Benham Kashanchi, M.D, Kathryn Sharma, M.D., Sara Churchill, M. D., Stuart Martin, M.D., and others seeking damages for wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Each year more than 1,200 women die in the United States from preventable causes related to childbirth and pregnancy. This is the highest maternal death rate in the civilized world. Her husband, Charles Johnson, has taken a public stance to fight for justice and create a platform for families who may not have a voice to raise awareness of maternal mortality and demand better results.
“Nothing will bring my wife back but I owe it to Kira and I owe to my sons to hold Cedars-Sinai and those responsible for her death accountable and to do everything I can to make sure this horrible tragedy never happens to any other family,” says Charles Johnson.
To continue his mission, Charles developed 4Kira4Moms, an organization dedicated to honor Kira’s life and to prevent other families from experiencing unnecessary birth related deaths of American mothers. 4Kira4Moms has a mission to: a) advocate for excellent maternal health policies and regulations, b) educate the public about the impact of maternal mortality in communities, and c) provide peer support to the victim’s family and friends. In the continuous pursuit and support of preventable maternal mortality, a bill was introduced, H.R. 1318. To date, we are proud to announce the proposed legislation is co-sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 66 members of The House of Representatives.
Judge Glenda Hatchett states, “Kira should be here with her children and her husband! It’s time we humanize this issue. It is appalling and absolutely inexcusable that a woman could die from childbirth in the richest country on the face of the globe. We must bring awareness to this issue and demand solutions!”
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