A baby girl had to have 13 stitches straight after birth to close a wound to her left cheek in a shocking C-section error.
The heartbroken family of little Kyanni Williams have shared shocking images of their new arrival who was cut across her left cheek during the procedure at Denver Health, in Colorado.
According to the child's parents, Damarqus and Reazjhana Williams, the plan had been to deliver Kyanni naturally as doctors had given the mum pill to speed up her labour on Wednesday.
But within minutes Reazjhana was rushed into surgery to undergo an emergency caesarean.
Once Kyanni was born, their excitement quickly turned to heartbreak once they saw that their newborn had a huge gash across her face as doctors said her face was close to the placenta.
Mum Reazjhana Williams, told Fox 31: "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.
“I’ve never heard of anybody having to deal with their baby’s face looking like this after a C-section.”
The family are now demanding that the surgeons be "held accountable" for the baby's injury.
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In a statement, a spokesperson for Denver Health said: “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."
Experts told the broadcaster that there are rarely cuts in C-sections as research by the Child Health and Human Development Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network shows only 0.7 per cent of 37,000 babies born via c-section suffered an abrasion.
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Advance Practice Nurse Lisa Merck told the network: "I’ve done over probably 2,500 deliveries and I assisted on C-sections, that’s the first time I’ve ever seen that.
"That is kind of one of the things that can happen, but it is really, really rare.”
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