Woman’s Family Files Lawsuit Over Death After C-Section – Los Angeles

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has been sued by the family of a woman who died after a C-section. They claim she was treated poorly because she is African American.

“My wife would be here with her boys if it wasn’t for the color of her skin,” Charles Johnson said. 

Johnson claims that racial systemic racism in health care caused Kira Johnson’s death at 39 years old.

After the scheduled C-section delivery, Kira passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in April 2016.

Johnson claims his wife had been bleeding internally for 10 hours even though the baby was healthy when he was born. According to Johnson, his pleas for help were not heard by medical staff. 

“After allowing my wife to bleed and suffer needlessly while my family and myself begged and pleaded for them to simply treat her with dignity and respect,”He stated.

Arjan Naim, a doctor from California, was sued by his family for gross negligence. They received a settlement of $1 million. Dr. Naim was placed by the California Medical Board on probation for 4 year.  

Johnson is now suing Cedars Sinai under Unruh Civil Rights Act. Johnson claims Kira was treated poorly because she was Black.

Part of the lawsuit is based on Angelique Washington’s videotaped testimony. Angelique was a former Cedars-Sinai surgical tech who stated that Kira Johnson didn’t receive timely care due to her race.

“Some of the surgeons that was on that field, the ones that drug out their decision making – in my heart I felt that, ‘Is it due to her being a woman of color?’ Yes, in my opinion,”Washington. 

 Cedars -Sinai issued a statement Wednesday, saying the hospital rejects any mischaracterization of its culture and values, adding:

“We commend Mr. Johnson for the attention he has brought to the important issue of racial disparities in maternal outcomes. While federal privacy laws prevent us from responding directly about any patient’s care, we have a longstanding commitment to make any changes to ensure we provide patients with the highest level of care.”

Next week is the scheduled start of testimony in the lawsuit.

“Kira’s legacy will be: this is no longer allowed to happen any place,”Johnson said. 

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