A lawsuit filed by family members of television judge Glenda Hatchett, who claim a loved one died in 2016 due to medical malpractice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, may soon be settled, according to lawyers in the case.
During a hearing Friday before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert B. Broadbelt, attorneys said the parties were close to resolving the case brought in March 2017 by Charles Johnson IV — Hatchett’s son — and his two minor sons against the hospital and Drs. Stuart Martin, Sara Churchill and Kathryn Sharma. The part of the plaintiffs’ case against the doctors was dropped on Monday.
The judge set another hearing for Thursday.
The plaintiffs allege Johnson’s wife, 39-year-old Kyira Adele Dixon, died due to the negligence of doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on April 13, 2016. She had received prenatal care and delivery at the hospital, according to the plaintiffs.
“This is a case where a woman was negligently allowed to bleed to death internally while her husband watched her slowly fade away,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys stated in their court papers. “It wasn’t one, two, three, or even four hours. Plaintiff Charles Johnson personally witnessed and experienced approximately seven hours of fright, shock and horror while bright red blood continued to come out of his wife’s catheter as the life bled out of her.”
In a sworn declaration, Johnson alleged the hospital medical staff “negligently failed to take prompt action to care for my wife after I saw them become aware of the bright red blood in Kyira’s catheter bag. I saw the bag changed and then again saw bright red blood fill Kyira’s catheter bag.”
Johnson said he believed what he saw at the time was “not a good sign. I was very concerned for Kyira’s well-being and I was concerned by the lack of prompt medical attention. I waited and waited, hour after hour, by her side as my wife slowly bled to death. I saw her deteriorate.”
In their court papers, defense attorneys maintained the doctors’ actions were within the applicable standard of medical care. Disputing Johnson’s claim for emotional distress, the defense lawyers say he was told to stand behind a curtain where he could see his wife’s face, but not what the physicians were doing with his wife’s stomach.
“There was nothing that caused Mr. Johnson a concern during the Cesarean section,” the defense attorneys stated in their court papers.
If there is no settlement, trial is scheduled May 11.