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Her husband says she bled for 10 hours internally – then she was gone | ‘Our concerns were repeatedly dismissed’

Kira Johnson died at the hospital hours after she delivered their son. Her husband said their repeated calls for help were ignored. He wants the laws to change.

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Published: 6:27 PM EDT April 14, 2023
Updated: 4:48 PM EDT April 18, 2023

Protecting mothers while they bring life into this world has become a mission for Charles Johnson IV. It's a cause that's personal to him because the mother of his own children lost her life in 2016.

Seven years ago, Charles' wife, Kira Johnson, died hours after she delivered their second child, Langston. It's a story 11Alive shared extensively in our Mothers Matter series. 

And even though it's been seven years, the time leading up to Kira’s last moments are still fresh in Charles’ mind. 

He shared her story with 11Alive once again in 2023 as he prepares for an event that will offer community support and workshops to educate metro Atlanta on Black maternal health resources.

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