A family in Denver, Colorado reached out for help after their newborn had their face sliced open during an emergency C-section.
The Williams family didn’t experience all the joy new parents typically possess after welcoming a child into the world because their baby came out with a cut across her face, KDVR reports.
“To have your granddaughter born to come out to see the plastic surgeon, to get 13 stitches, is devastating, it’s heartbreaking,” the baby’s grandfather, Walter Williams, said.
Kyanni Williams was delivered at Denver Health. The parents expected to deliver her naturally but hospital staff said the mom needed to undergo an emergency C-section.
“They gave me a pill to speed up my labor and a few minutes after that I was being rushed into an emergency C-section,” the baby’s mother, Reazjhana Williams said.
“They said our baby made a sudden movement they couldn’t hear her heartbeat or find it and they took her into an immediate C-section,” the baby’s father, Demarqus Williams said.
However, Kyanni came out of the C-section with a massive cut across her face that required 13 stitches.
“It’s upsetting, she’s not comfortable,” Demarqus said. “They said her face was close to the placenta wall.”
The family is demanding answers as to how this happened.
“I tried to be understanding about what happened, but on top of the fact her face got cut and a plastic surgeon had to come do it, there’s just a lot of things I’m not understanding with the C-section,” Reazjhana said. “I’ve never heard of anybody having to deal with their baby’s face looking like this after a C-section.”
Medical professionals say babies coming out of C-sections with lacerations is extremely rare, WGN-TV reports.
“I’ve done over probably 2,500 deliveries and I assisted on C-sections, that’s the first time I’ve ever seen that,” Advance Practice Nurse Lisa Merck said after we sent her the photos. “That is kind of one of the things that can happen, but it is really, really rare.”
Denver Health has released a statement following the media exposure but the Williams family say they still haven’t heard from the hospital.
“Denver Health has been in touch with the family directly. While this is a known medical complication in emergency C-sections, our focus is always on providing care in the best interest of the mother and child. At Denver Health, the safety and well-being of our patients is our number one priority.”
A GoFundMe has been set up for the Williams family.