Kyanni Williams, born just six days ago, was slashed in the face during an emergency C-section at Denver Health Hospital. The baby was quickly rushed to a plastic surgeon, where she got 13 stitches across her left cheek.
The tragic June 15 birth was originally planned to be natural, and Kyanni’s mother, Reazjhana Williams, was given a pill to speed up the delivery. When doctors couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat last week, Reazjhana was wheeled in to have an emergency C-section. Damarqus Williams, the baby’s father, said that the doctors “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 procedure, which is very common today, took a turn when the knife used to cut her mother’s stomach, sliced through Kyanni Williams’ cheek. “They said her face was close to the placenta wall,” Williams claimed.
The Colorado family was grateful for the life-saving technique but disheartened by their daughter’s appearance. The baby, which had only been born a few hours before, had to go see a plastic surgeon who stitched her cheek.
Walter Williams, Kyanni’s grandfather, said it was hard not to feel angry about what happened. “To have your granddaughter born to come out to see the plastic surgeon, to get 13 stitches, is devastating, it’s heartbreaking,” he explained. “I’ve never heard of anybody having to deal with their baby’s face looking like this after a C-section.”
The gash, which runs along Kyanni Williams’ left cheek, from her nose to her ear, may never fully heal. The newborn will likely take the scar into adulthood, and the family wants to know what went wrong.
Though the doctors responsible have not explained the circumstances, one nurse practitioner said they’d “done over probably 2,500 deliveries and assisted on C-sections” but hadn’t seen anything like this before.
Reazjhana Williams was confused by the outcome of the procedure and is still trying to wrap her brain around her daughter’s scar. “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,” Kyanni’s mother said. “I’ve never heard of anybody having to deal with their baby’s face looking like this after a C-section.”
Kyanni Williams’ injury has left her family heartbroken. They are more upset about Kyanni’s pain than her appearance. Tashaira Williams wants the doctors responsible to be held accountable for what happened to her grandchild.
“I don’t think that’s right,” Kyanni’s grandmother said. “They have to be held accountable for what they did.”
A GoFundMe has been set up to raise funds for medical fees and a lawyer for the family. There is a discussion about a potential malpractice suit, and the $10,000 the Davis and Williams family are requesting will go towards understanding their legal options. Denver Health has not yet been sued for the incident, but its executives offered a statement to the public.
“Denver Health has been in touch with the family directly,” the statement read. “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.”