Infant’s Face Sliced Open During Emergency C-section in Colorado

Kyanni Williams, a newborn in Colorado, required more than a dozen stitches to close a large gash across her face inflicted during an emergency C-section.

Her parents intended for her to be born naturally, but physicians were unable to detect a heartbeat during her mother’s labor last week at Denver Health, according to TV station KDVR.

“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,” said her father, Damarqus Williams.

However, when Kyanni came out, the family said she had a disturbing wound across her cheek that required 13 stitches.

“They said her face was close to the placenta wall,” Williams told the outlet. “I’ve never heard of anybody having to deal with their baby’s face looking like this after a C-section,” he added.

Kyanni’s grandfather, Walter Williams, explained that their delight at her arrival was cut short by their anxiety and frustration.

“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 to do it, there’s just a lot of things I’m not understanding with the C-section,” Reazjhana said. “To have your granddaughter born to come out to see the plastic surgeon, to get 13 stitches, is devastating. It’s heartbreaking,” he said.

“It’s upsetting, she’s not comfortable,” the baby’s father, Damarqus Williams, said.

The family established a GoFundMe campaign in order to raise funds for the cost of hiring a lawyer and exploring their legal alternatives.

“They have to be held accountable for what they did,” the baby’s grandmother, Tashaira Williams, told the outlet.

Other OB-GYN offices throughout the state were contacted for their viewpoint on the frequency of C-section cuts.

“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.”