Mural unveiled in Bed-Stuy in honor of Black Brooklyn woman who died during childbirth

A mural was unveiled Saturday in honor of Sha-Asia Semple, who died in a Brooklyn hospital during childbirth almost three months ago.

News 12 Staff

Sep 20, 2020, 2:48 PM

Updated 1,339 days ago

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A mural was unveiled Saturday in honor of Sha-Asia Semple, who died in a Brooklyn hospital during childbirth almost three months ago.
Dozens in the community gathered in Bedford-Stuyvesant for the unveiling of the massive mural, which was made right across the street from where 26-year-old Semple grew up.
Friends and family of Sha-Asia, who sometimes used the last name Semple, or Washington, were happy to celebrate her life.
Semple's life was cut short on July 3 at NYC Health and Hospitals/Woodhull while she was giving birth. Her daughter, Khloe, was delivered through cesarean section.
Her relatives say the coroner told them a complication with the epidural was to blame, but they claim that racism within the medical community is the real problem.
Semple has now been memorialized on a wall for all to see. Her godfather says they also cleaned up the block, picked up trash, installed benches and planted flowers and herbs. Family and friends say they look forward to Semple's memory living on every time someone passes the mural and sees her face.


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