US newborn gets 13 stitches after face sliced open during C-section

Baby Kyanni needed 13 stitches after her cheek was sliced.
Baby Kyanni needed 13 stitches after her cheek was sliced. Photo credit: KDVR

A baby in the United States needed 13 stitches across her face after she was cut during an emergency C-section.

Reazjhana Davis and Damarqus Williams welcomed their daughter Kyanni Williams at Denver Health Hospital in Colorado on June 15, but the joy of meeting their new baby was marred by fear and frustration after they heard the injury their infant sustained during the delivery.

Kyanni's parents planned to have a natural birth, but doctors were unable to find a heartbeat while Reazjhana was in labour so they took her in for an immediate C-section, local outlet KDVR reports.

But Kyanni came out with a large gash across her left cheek that required 13 stitches.

"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. 

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

Kyanni's grandfather Walter Williams says the joy of her arrival was interrupted by their feelings of frustration and fear.

"To have your granddaughter born to come out to see the plastic surgeon, to get 13 stitches, is devastating, it's heartbreaking."

The family has launched a GoFundMe to raise money to hire a lawyer. So far, US$1308 (NZ$1874) has been raised.

Denver Health told KDVR it has been in touch with the family directly and the safety and wellbeing of its patients is its top priority.