Son of Judge Hatchett Files Lawsuit Against Cedars Sinai Medical Center for Wrongful Death of Wife After Birth of Second Son

Charles Johnson IV poses with his wife Kiyra Dixon and son Charles Johnson V (courtesy photo)

Charles Johnson IV, the son of television judge Glenda Hatchett, has filed a lawsuit against Cedars Sinai Medical Center and a group of its staffers for what they say was the wrongful death last year, of Kiyra Dixon, Johnson’s wife and the mother of his two children. Thirty- nine-year-old Dixon passed away on April 13, 2016 after a routine C section at the medical center went wrong, according to the suit. Now, among other things, Johnson is asking for general damages, special damages, funeral and burial expenses and court costs. 

“[Basically] we went in for what was supposed to be a routine scheduled C-section with a woman who was not only in good health but in exceptional health,” Johnson IV explained to the Sentinel in a recent interview.

“The baby was not in distress, my wife was not in distress…”

But shortly after the procedure, the medical team at Cedars Sinai realized she was bleeding internally, he said. After that discovery, Dixon was allowed to suffer for 10 hours before any meaningful action was taken.

“She [was in agony] while my family and myself begged and pleaded for them to take a course of action,” said Johnson IV.

Dixon, accompanied by her husband, was admitted to Cedars on April 12, 2016 at about 12:30 pm for an “elective cesarean delivery,” according to the suit.

“Kyira was taken to the operative suite at 2:00p.m.,” the document reads.

“A foley catheter was inserted at 2:15 p.m. The delivery started at 2:31p.m. [The baby] was born at 2:33p.m. The procedure was completed at or about 2:48 p.m. At 3:00p.m., Kyira was out of the operating room and taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)…”

But by almost 5:30 p.m., Dixon’s catheter was draining bright red blood. Medical records indicate that a nurse called the resident physician to evaluate the situation, according to the suit. The catheter was removed and replaced but eight minutes later, blood was noticed draining from the new catheter.

One of the defendants named in the suit, Dr. Arjang Naim was notified, and as a variety of doctors came in and out to check Dixon’s condition, her family wondered why nothing was actually being done.

“They did nothing to correct it in a timely manner,” Hatchett said.

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Source: LA Sentinel |  Jennifer Bihm

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