Why childbirth in America is so dangerous


-I have to deal every day
with the fact that there’s nothing that
I can do to bring Kira back. -It’s amazing.
Mwah. -Many are shocked to learn
that the U. S. not only has the worst
maternal-mortality rate in the entire developed world, but that these rates
are on the rise. -It was very possible
that I wouldn’t have made it, and the casualness by which
the medical establishment treats something like that,
it’s like a second trauma. -The United States is one of
very few countries in total and the only developed nation with a rising
maternal-mortality rate. -Where is that?
Rayburn? That’s right next door, right? -That’s where we came.
-Okay. ♪ Sha, dee, dee,
dee-dee, dee-dee, dee, dee ♪ ♪ Sha, dee, dee, dee-dee,
dee-dee, dee, dee ♪ -Get out —
-Helping members of Congress to see the women that are dying, just the way that they would see
their mothers and their daughters
and their wives. As I’m sitting there,
I look down, and I see the catheter
coming from her bedside begin to turn pink with blood. This is in the late afternoon,
between 4:00 and 5:00. I’m concerned, but Kira’s
healthy, the baby’s healthy. 7:00 comes, 8:00 comes. No CT scan. And with this point,
we’re begging, we’re pleading, “Look, do something, please.” You can see that things
are getting worse. It wasn’t until after midnight that they finally took Kira
back for surgery. Finally, they came open. The same two residents,
along with the doctor, who I’d never seen before,
came through those doors, and they told us
that she was gone and there was nothing
they could do to save her. ♪ Yeah
Give me more, give me more ♪ ♪ Yeah
Yeah, way ♪ ♪ Yeah, now ♪ ♪ Yeah, way ♪ -There’s nothing
like Puerto Rican coffee. We had a date. Everybody was planning
to come for that date. But then I got preeclampsia. You know, and after
about 20 hours, they finally decided
that we had to do a cesarean. When I went back in my room, I started having problems
with fevers, and they said, “Oh, you have
a urinary tract infection.” And, then, within three hours
of being home, I started spiking a terrible,
terrible fever. I just had a massive infection
of the wound, you know, of the incision,
a massive — you know, I had
an infection of the uterus. At one point, I stood up, and
the entire incision ripped open and, like,
blood started pouring out. It was like a horror movie. -Do you see batteries anywhere?
-What? -Here goes!
Whoa! -Charles really gives everyone
the opportunity to see beyond the numbers. But Charles gives us
the opportunity to understand the real impact that happens
to fathers, to husbands, to families when we lose
the life of a mother. -Hi. -The only pictures
that I have of Kira — so, this is actually
of Kira and Langston — is when he’s
in that blanket, yeah. My older son, Charles, who’s
4 years old now, he said to me, “Daddy, I’m ready for Mommy
to come out of the sky.” And as much as I tried
to explain to him that Mommy’s not coming home and I try and rationalize
with his little mind why Mommy can’t come
to his soccer games or why she’s not there
for the first day of school like his other friends’ mothers, his little heart
still has a void that I’ll never be able to fill. Yeah, Roberto… -Yes.
-Yes. And it does, it haunts me, the fact that
if she had been Caucasian, she might have been taken back
to the OR an hour later, two hours later,
that they might’ve made a little bit more effort
to save her life, and that she would be here
with her sons today. That’s a difficult thing
to process, and that’s extremely painful.

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