Labour & Delivery

Newborn Requires 13 Stitches After Being Cut During C-Section

New parents, Reajzhana and Damarqus Williams are coming to terms with a traumatic birth experience after their little girl, Kyanni, was cut during an emergency c-section in Denver, Colorado. While accidents like this do happen, they are incredibly rare.

Kyanni received 13 stitches at birth and now has a large scab across her face where she was cut. Now, three days after the birth, the new parents are left wondering how this could have happened.

Baby cut during emergency C-section

Kyanni’s birth story wasn’t as picture-perfect as the new parents had hoped. According to Reajzhana, she wanted to have her naturally.

They gave me a pill to speed up labour. A few minutes after that I was being rushed into an emergency C-section.

They said our baby made a sudden movement and they couldn’t hear her heartbeat or find it and they took her into an immediate C-section.”

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‘Devasting, heartbreaking’

According to Fox 8, baby Kyanni’s head was close to the placenta wall, causing her left cheek to be cut during the process.

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.

newborn cut during c-section in Denver
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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 [stitch it], there’s just a lot of things I’m not understanding with the C-section,” Reazjhana added.

“I’ve never heard of anybody having to deal with their baby’s face looking like this after a C-section.”

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Very, very rare

According to Fox 8, this type of thing is incredibly uncommon but it can happen. In 2018 a newborn baby had her head ‘sliced open’ during a C-section.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network study looked 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.

Denver Health has been in touch with the family directly and said in a statement,

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.”

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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