Newborn baby girl left ‘scarred for life’ after surgeons accidentally slice open her face with scalpel during C-section.

The baby girl was delivered at the Yifu Fuyuan Hospital, in East China’s Zhejiang Province, by means of a caesarean section, and Uncle Xiao Zhou said they only noticed the injury later that day, reports The Mirror.

Xiao Zhou said: “I didn’t pay attention to it at first because I thought it was made by somebody’s nail, but upon closer inspection, it was clear that it was a knife wound.”

The child’s mum says she worries about the potential psychological effects her daughter may suffer because of having such a long facial scar.


The delivery team apparently told Xiao Zhou that the flesh and skin on his sister’s stomach was “too thin”, causing them to accidentally slice too deep and injure the newborn.

But the girl’s uncle said the hospital has been avoiding openly discussing the topic, just in case it has any negative legal implications for the facility.

Xiao Zhou said: “They never openly and proactively said it was their fault and they’re not taking responsibility.”

The doctor who performed the C-section, surnamed Zhang, refused to comment on the surgical cut, saying that anything she says will have to go through the hospital.

Officials at Yifu Fuyuan Hospital said the case has since been handed over to medical investigators, who will have final say with their ruling.

It does happen

Last month we shared a story of Parents left furious and in total shock after a surgeon accidentally sliced their baby’s head at birth leaving her with a huge scar. When we shared this story many of our own followers shared their own similar stories of bub being nicked during delivery.

Although rare, foetal injury during a c-section can occur. The most common injuries are lacerations (cuts), which sometimes happen when the incision is being made in the uterus. Most cuts on the baby don’t need stitches, and they usually don’t leave a permanent scar.

Risk Factors Associated With Fetal Lacerations

There are several risk factors that increase the chances for foetal lacerations during a C-section delivery. The principal risk factors include:
•Ruptured membranes before the C-section
•Low transverse uterine incisions
•Active labour
•Emergency C-section
•Inexperienced surgeons or residents

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  • Oh my! Poor little girl!
    I don’t find it really fair that they don’t take responsibility. Whose responsibility is it then?


  • Another reason to avoid a c-section unless it is necessary. If it’s booked in as a routine one hopefully the baby is still in the sac. It may be difficult to open it is the baby is moving about too much.


  • i knew some one who’s baby was cut on the face during a C section. the baby has steri strips on it and the scar is barely visible know its older.


  • Given the scar is on a baby i hope that it will fade over time. I guess there is a risk involved when you need to use something sharp.


  • Hopefully the scar will fade,a horrible mistake.


  • Oh dear, poor little girl !
    This scar doesn’t look too deep, it might well heal and fade over time.
    Not pretty the hospital tries to cover it up and doesn’t give openness about what happened.


  • Poor kid, so glad this didn’t happen to my babies


  • OMG ! I had a C-section my placenta was rupturing so it became an emergency. So glad my baby girl didn’t get cut. I wasn’t told nor did I think about it at the time. So sorry to hear about your baby I had scars from life very early in life and with it being a blade it will be fine in appearance and should become invisible over time. Good Luck.


  • What on earth. I hope that this scar fades significantly.


  • Poor little one, I hope her scar heals and she’s not left with a scar for life!


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