Closer Look: Maternal Mortality, and the Story of Kira Johnson; Author Mitch Albom; ‘T’s Angels’ Decorating Hospitals

Kira Johnson died at the age of 38 following complications due to childbirth. Johnson's husband, 
Charles, joins us to share his wife's story.
Kira Johnson died at the age of 38 following complications due to childbirth. Johnson's husband, Charles, joins us to share his wife's story.
Credit Emilia Brock / WABE

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

Today is a special edition of Closer Look as we revisit conversations about loss and inspiration.

  • 0:00: Black mothers in the U.S. are dying three to four times the rate of white mothers, according to a recent report released by the CDC. It’s one of the widest of all racial disparities in women’s health. We revisit a personal story related to this health crisis; Charles Johnson shares the story of his wife Kira, who died hours after giving birth to their second son, Langston.
  • 19:06:T’s Angels” is a group of volunteers who decorate, gather donations of garland and lights and bring Christmas cheer to Northside Hospital every year. But the group’s mission is about a lot more than decorations. It all started when Matt Smith’s wife, Teresa “T”, was diagnosed with cancer and had to spend Christmas at the hospital. In order to cheer her up, Matt brought T a Christmas tree from the family living room. After 16 years of battling cancer, T passed away in March 2014, but Matt still returned to Northside to decorate the hall where she stayed. Now, what started with one hall has grown into over 30 halls across three Northside hospital campuses as Matt works with “T’s Angels” to honor his wife’s memory. We hear from Matt Smith, founder of “T’s Angels”.
  • 32:00: Author and sports journalist Mitch Albom talks about the sequel to his best selling “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” with his latest book, “‘The Next Person You Meet in Heaven”.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.