Stitches required after emergency C-section causes cut to baby’s face

DENVER (KDVR) — A Denver family contacted the FOX31 Problem Solvers for help after they went into an emergency cesarean section and their baby came out with a cut across her face. 

Instead of pure joy and celebration, the Williams family came together to meet their newest addition to the family in fear and frustration.

“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. 

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

Three days ago, Kyanni Williams came into this world at Denver Health. Her parents said the original plan was to deliver naturally.

“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,” Damarqus said. 

The Williamses said their daughter came out of the C-section with a massive cut on her face that required 13 stitches. 

“They said her face was close to the placenta wall,” Damarqus said. 

“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.”

FOX31 Problem Solvers reached out to OB-GYN offices across the state to get some perspective on how often cuts happen during C-sections.

“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.”

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network came out with a study looking into C-sections delivered at 13 University centers from 1999 to 2000. The study found 0.7% of more than 37,000 C-sections ended with the baby having skin lacerations.

“I don’t think that’s right. They have to be held accountable for what they did,” grandmother Tashaira Williams said.

Loved ones created a GoFundMe for the Williams family.

Denver Health sent the FOX31 Problem Solvers the following statement in response to this family’s story:

“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.”

Update: On June 22, four days after this story was originally published, Damarqus Williams told FOX31 News that his family has still not heard from Denver Health.

Update: On June 24 Denver Health sent FOX31 the following statement: An emergency C-section is only performed when the life of the mother and/or baby is at risk. Even with every precaution, there are inherent risks with any medical procedure, and while a laceration is a known complication in a C-section it is more common in an emergency procedure. We are saddened that there was an injury to the baby’s face but are relieved the baby was delivered healthy and is now at home. Denver Health and our providers have sat down with the family and remain committed to answer any further questions. Our focus is always on providing care in the best interest of the mother and child before, during, and after birth.