- Glenda Hatchett is better known for the show ‘The Verdict with Judge Hatchett,’ and she’s also a founding partner at the national law firm, The Hatchett Firm.
- Hatchett and her family faced a tragedy two years ago, when her daughter-in-law died after giving birth to her second son, and now Glenda and her son are raising awareness about birth-related deaths.
AmoMama learned from the Daily Mail the tragic history of Kira Dixon Johnson, who was married to Glenda’s son Charles, and who was supposed to have a happily ever after alongside her husband and sons.
However, Charles’ life changed forever after what seemed to be a happy delivery of the couple’s second son, Langston, which ended up with the family burying the smart and bubbly Kira.
According to reports, Glenda and her son filed a lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Hospital and several doctors alleging wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress last year; in the suit, Charles and his two sons, Langston and Charles the third, are plaintiffs.
Kira and Charles met in 2004 at a friend’s birthday party, and the man has stated that the day she called him to have lunch, his life changed; she knew five languages, loved adventure, knew how to drive a race car and also skydived.
‘She challenged me to be a better person in every aspect of my life. I thought that I was a hard worker before I met her. She had just one gear — fifth.’
Kira arrived at Cedars-Sinai for a scheduled c-section on April 12, 2016, and after welcoming the baby into the world, the two seemed to be in good condition, with the mother even being able to hold her baby for some skin-on-skin bonding time.
However, Charles noticed some blood in her catheter and alerted the nurses, who ordered a series of tests, including a CT scan; it took the doctors 10 hours after the delivery of the baby to send Kira back into surgery.
She had three liters of blood in her abdomen, and she couldn’t resist the consistent blood loss, her heart stopped almost immediately.
The autopsy determined that Kira Johnson died of ‘hemorrhagic shock due to acute hemoperitoneum,’ which the lawsuit said doctors failed to properly diagnose and treat on time.
Now, two years after their tragic loss, Charles and Glenda are doing their best to raise the kids in a happy environment, even though they don’t have their mother, and they also created a non-profit organization called 4Kira4Moms.
The organization, beyond honoring Kira’s memory, is trying to raise awareness of birth-related deaths in order to prevent other families from going through what they went through.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications; most of the time, a staff that’s not adequately trained can be at fault, and others, symptoms that are dismissed as regular can end up being deadly.
Even though Charles and his mom are still grieving their loss, they’re doing the best they can in their situation, and Kira’s little boys look happy and well taken care of.
It has been two years already but we want to send our deepest condolences to Glenda Hatchett’s family, and also applaud their initiative to turn their pain into something positive with the nonprofit organization they created.
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