“We walked in for what we expected to be the happiest day of our life. And we walked straight into a nightmare,” Charles Johnson V recently told 11alive, an NBC affiliate, on Oct. 19.
Johnson was describing the day he unexpectedly lost his wife, two years ago, during childbirth. Now he’s an advocate for better maternal health care, particularly for black women in the US, and speaking out about pregnancy-related deaths.
Kira Johnson waited seven hours for emergency medical assistance in extreme pain, shaking and crying, according to 11alive. She eventually died from post-childbirth complications, and although her death is devastatingly personal to her family, her story is tragically common.