Pray For This Family: ‘Beloved’ Indiana Pediatrics Doctor Dies from Postpartum Complications After Giving Birth to First Child

Dr. Chaniece Wallace FACEBOOK

A “beloved” Indiana children’s doctor who was expected to have an “expansive future impact” on the world of pediatrics died after she suffered postpartum complications, her loved ones confirmed.

Dr. Chaniece Wallace died on Oct. 22, just two days after she and her husband Anthony Wallace welcomed their first child, a daughter named Charlotte, according to a GoFundMe page set up by Anthony.

The new mom — who was a chief resident at Indiana University School of Medicine Pediatric Hospitalist with Indiana University Health Physicians — was supposed to give birth to Charlotte on Nov. 20, but Anthony said she developed preeclampsia a month earlier.

According to March of Dimes, preeclampsia is a serious blood pressure condition that often affects moms after the 20th week of pregnancy or after giving birth. Those with the condition may suffer kidney, liver and brain damage, as well as a stroke, blood clot problems and a seizure or coma, also known as eclampsia.

In Chaniece’s case, Anthony said she suffered a ruptured liver, high blood pressure and malfunctioning kidneys, which required her to undergo surgery.

Despite doctors’ efforts, the new mom died within two days from the severe condition, according to her husband.

“Chaniece fought with every piece of strength, courage, and faith she had available,” Anthony wrote on the GoFundMe. “Chaniece was such a warm soul, welcoming to almost everybody.”

“Not only loved by family and friends but [also] individuals she would encounter in the patient population,” he went on. “She had a special way of being empathetic with her patients and making each one of them feel special.”

Dr. Chaniece Wallace and Anthony Wallace | CREDIT: FACEBOOK

While Anthony continues to grieve, he explained on the GoFundMe — which has raised over $138,000 so far — that he and Charlotte “rejoice in having one another and knowing that Chaniece is watching down on us from heaven.”

“Chaniece and I were very excited about welcoming our first child Charlotte into the world. We had discussed all of the many possibilities of her bright future and the limitless paths she could follow,” he wrote. “This road will not be an easy road for Charlotte and myself, but we are trusting in the name of the Lord!”

“We are grateful for any heartfelt contributions during this time,” he continued on behalf of his daughter, whom Anthony noted was “absolutely beautiful” and has been doing “exceptionally well” in the NICU.

Prior to her death, Chaniece was working at Riley Children’s Health Hospital in Indianapolis as a resident physician, according to her Facebook page.

Her husband said on the GoFundMe that she had recently completed her board exams and was in the process of “interviewing for multiple positions around the country.”

Dr. Chaniece Wallace | CREDIT: FACEBOOK

In a tribute on their Instagram page, IU Riley Peds Residency explained how they were certain Chaniece would make an impact wherever she chose to go.

“Chaniece had completed her categorical pediatrics residency in June and was beginning to explore future career options as a general outpatient pediatrician. Her future impact, sure to be expansive, was taken away from her all too suddenly,” they wrote alongside several photos of the “beloved” doctor.

Following Chaniece’s death, many people — notably from the medical field — took to social media to express their condolences, while also addressing the racial disparities that exist when it comes to Black women and childbirth.

According to the Healthcare Cost Utilization Project (HCUP), the rate of suffering preeclampsia/eclampsia is 60 percent higher for Black women than it is for white women.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women.

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it is with grievous and broken hearts that we announce the loss of one of our beloved friends, colleagues, and co-chiefs, Dr. Chaniece Wallace. she suffered postpartum complications after delivering a healthy 35wk baby girl, Charlotte, 4lbs 5oz, 16in. she received excellent care at her delivery hospital by a complete and equally devastated healthcare team. Chaniece had completed her categorical pediatrics residency in june, and was beginning to explore future career options as a general outpatient pediatrician. her future impact, sure to be expansive, was taken away from her all too suddenly. — for all IUSM trainees: the department of mental health services at IUSM is available to provide mental health and personal counseling servcies to all students, residents, and fellows. there are two ways to access services: ▶️for emergencies, call 317-278-HELP (4357) 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. a licensed clinical health specialist will provide an assessment and help direct you to appropriate treatment options based on the situation. you may also call on behalf of a trainee if you are a family member, friend, or colleague concerned about their well-being. you may call anonymously if desired. ▶️contact the department of mental health services non-emergency number during normal business hours at 317-278-2383 or email [email protected] to learn about services or schedule an appointment.

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“Dr. Chaniece Wallace. Say her name,” tweeted Dr. Omolara Uwemedimo. “All Black women, including health providers, who have dedicated their lives to keeping us alive. My head says don’t stop until Black women in medicine & academia are safe, protected & supported. But my heart hurts.”

“Racial disparities persist in maternal mortality. Healthcare systems continue to fail Black women,” added Nancy Rivera on Twitter.

“She had EVERYTHING to live for. She worked as a physician in a state that has one of the highest #maternalmortality rates in the country,” tweeted Dr. Linda Galloway. “We need to fix this, please.”

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