Kyanni Williams, the daughter of Reazjhana Williams and Damarqus Williams, was born last week at Denver Health Hospital in Colorado. Unfortunately, an emergency C-section left the newborn infant with a large slash across her face, requiring more than a dozen stitches.

Kyanni suffered a severe cut on her face when she came out, the family stated, which needed 13 sutures.

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

“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. “That is kind of one of the things that can happen, but it is really, really rare.”

Although Kyanni Williams’ parents had hoped for a natural birth, doctors at Denver Health could not locate the baby’s heartbeat before she gave birth on Tuesday, June 15, according to 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 Damarqus Williams. 

“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 told KDVR.

Walter Williams, Kyanni’s grandfather, claims that the joy of her birth was overshadowed by their sentiments of irritation and anxiety. “To have your granddaughter born to come out to see the plastic surgeon, to get 13 stitches, is devastating, it’s heartbreaking”, he said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to seek donations for an attorney and to research the family’s legal remedies. “They have to be held accountable for what they did,” the newborn’s grandmother, Tashaira Williams stated.

From 1999 to 2000, the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development published a research on C-sections performed at 13 university centers. According to the study, skin lacerations occurred in 0.7 percent of over 37,000 C-sections.

Denver Health stated it had contacted with the family directly and that their priority was to provide treatment in the mother and child’s best interests.