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Glenda Hatchett of 'Judge Hatchett' Pays Tribute to Daughter-In-Law Kira Who Died during Childbirth

Gracious Egedegbe
Apr 23, 2020
08:30 P.M.

Glenda Hatchett recently took to Instagram to share a video of her son Charles Johnson opening up about the details surrounding the tragic death of his wife shortly after the birth of their second child.


Kira Johnson, the daughter-in-law of TV Judge Glenda Hatchett, died in April 2016 after a routine c-section delivery of her second son at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

In the years that followed, her death generated a lot of reactions and public outcry that exposed the shameful maternal mortality in the United States.

Judge Glenda Hatchett arrives on the red carpet at the preview screening for "Match Made In Heaven" on January 29, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia | Source: Getty Images

Judge Glenda Hatchett arrives on the red carpet at the preview screening for "Match Made In Heaven" on January 29, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia | Source: Getty Images

Charles Johnson, who is now a single father to two sons, has been sharing the tragic story of how he lost the mother of his two children in the hope that it never has to happen to anyone again.

In the video, which has since generated a lot of reactions from fans of the famous TV Judge, Charles details the events that led to the avoidable death of his wife and his life as a single parent. Glenda shared the video with the caption:


"A very special THANK YOU to @parents magazine for this wonderful story on our family and the work we are doing to honor Kira."

Meanwhile, Charles has launched a legal battle against the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, who he claims were culpable in the death of his wife.

The lawsuit alleges that the doctors in charge of Kira's care failed to administer proper treatment to her when she started bleeding internally after the delivery.


Charles claims that his wife was left to bleed internally for 10 hours, and by the time she was taken back for surgery, she had over 3 liters of blood in her abdomen.

Charles' mom, Glenda Hatchett, is still reeling from the loss of her daughter-in-law and describes her son's lawsuit as the most critical case in her life. Speaking on the death of Kira, a tearful Glenda said:

"We are devastated by her death, her senseless, tragic death."

In a related development, Cedars-Sinai expressed that they are "deeply saddened" by the death and the toll it is taking on her family and ensured their support for the family's demand for accountability.

Through the painful ordeal, Charles has been able to count on the unwavering support of his mother and family members.


Charles relocated with his boys to his hometown — Atlanta — to live with his mother, a week after losing his wife, and the doting grandma has been there for her little angels ever since.

The father of two, with the help of his mom, set up a GoFundMe page that has been raising funds to help families who have been through similar situations.

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