PORT ARTHUR -While many of us were making our New Years resolutions and celebrating the beginning of all things brand new, one family was saying their final goodbyes to their baby girl.
Olivia Marie Coats was born brain dead after suffering a fractured skull and severed spinal chord. She died in a Houston hospital on Wednesday the 1st after being taken off of life support.
Olivia was born December 28th at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas located in Port Arthur,TX. She lived only a couple of hours after being removed from life support, and within less than a week here on Earth she touched the lives of thousands across the globe.
The injuries were acquired due to the the use of forceps during an attempted assisted vaginal birth. Olivia was eventually delivered by an emergency C-Section. Her mothers earlier requests for the surgery fell on deaf ears as the doctor reached for the birthing tool that would ultimately end the baby's life. Olivia was quickly taken to Houston's Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital.
Olivia Coats' situation has given rise to an effort to create a law that would restrict or outright ban the use of forceps in delivering babies called The Olivia Law. Her parents will need community support as they have to face medical bills, final expenses and support to pass their sweet little girl's legacy law to save other infants from suffering the same fate.
It is rare that forceps are ever used in an assisted vaginal births. They are used in only about 1% of births in the US. The Medical Center of Southeast Texas refuses to comment. Olivia's parents say "they want their daughter to have a legacy and see 'The Olivia Law' as a way in which others can learn from their daughter's story."
On Wednesday Christmas lights and candles were lit in honor of baby Olivia all across the globe. A benefit has been arranged, and a balloon release will be held. More information on these events as well as how to help or how to order T shirts can be found on the Olivia Marie Coats Facebook Page.
Olivia's Mom Releases a Statement
"I had a very good pregnancy, a very good PLANNED pregnancy.
In the beginning months my due date changed numerous times because she wasn't growing as fast and as much as they wanted. I thought maybe she was just going to be little like me.
Before I was pregnant I weighed 98 pounds and I'm 4"11. Towards the end I blew up.. We'll my belly did, Olivia had grew and caught up to her weight and size PLUS some. Every week in the end that I went to the Dr. I told him I couldn't do anything, I could barely hold my weight with my ankles.
Olivia needed to come out. One more week, one more week, one more week! That's all he kept telling us, by then I has passed every due date that was giving to me. At my LAST visit December 26th I was in tears telling him to send me for a c-section today!!! She is too big and has been inside for too long. He told me every reason why I didn't want a c-section and the main one was because I would have a scar.
We'll he checked me and I was having a contraction so he hooked me up to a monitor and I was having labor contractions . He sent me home to eat and shower then head to the hospital to be induced at 6pm Thursday. We'll they didn't break my water until 7am the next morning and started my pitocine drip. I was in labor for 18 hours with 103 fever and dialated to a 9 for 3 hours. When the Dr. Said to start pushing Olivia wouldn't come down the birth canal. He used forceps. HORRIFIED I couldn't watch.
From Allen, to my mom, and mother in law they said he was pulling with one foot on the bed TWISTING trying to get her out and to flip over because she was face up. In the process we heard the noise of pottery breaking. Like 2 big popping sounds (it was her skull) he left her in the canal while stitching me up before emergency c-section. It was then I was prepped for the surgery .
After Allen Coats Entered the room they continued to work, pulling her out from beneath my pelvis. I felt her pulled out of me and the room was silent. No crying baby and they told Allen to leave the room. That's the last I remember before waking up to my baby girl lifeless and a transport team flying her to Houston saying this is common and she would be back in a few days.
Olivia is getting a full body exam to see what caused her injuries. By looking at her it's obvious and it doesn't take anything other than looking at her head what happened. I told my baby I'm so sorry this happened to her and I wish I could have took away all her pain, by letting her go we did the most selfless thing we could do. A precious princess didn't deserve to suffer any more than she had."
Funeral arrangements are pending at Broussard's Mortuary in Nederland, Texas. An account for the family, to help with funeral expenses, has been set up at 5 Point Credit Union. The account number is 8765877. There is also a go fund me account set up for the family's expenses online. This will also support their quest to get the Olivia Law recognized.
Now the parents are considering a lawsuit and say they will push for a law to ban the use of forceps in delivering babies. Let's all pull together to help this family in their time of need.