Olivia Marie Coats was born with a fractured skull and a severed spinal cord after the excessive use of forceps used by her OB/GYN. Olivia's mother Rachel plead for a c-section. She was overdue and very small herself. The doctor ignored her requests and proceeded as he wished to deliver her, at the time, healthy baby girl.
What followed next was horrific, as the doctor is described by those in the delivery room to have "placed his foot on the hospital bed pulling and twisting until the popping noises and the rush off to the surgery that Rachel had requested to begin with." The intervention came to late as the doctor had already done catastrophic damages to the little girl born unmoving and unable to breathe on her own.
She was life-flighted from the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur to Houston Texas at Memorial Herman Hospital. She was given less than a 1% chance of survival. Olivia's mom left the hospital a couple of days later to go be with her sweet daughter and her fiance who had diligently stayed by Olivia's bedside. The family would remain together the last couple days of Olivia's existence here on Earth. It was an existence that would touch the lives of thousands of people across the world.
Olivia Marie Coats never had a chance to do the things that other babies do, to walk, to crawl or to ever say a word, but she made more of an impact than many who live full lives will ever make on the world.
When Olivia was taken off of life support she lived a couple of hours, and when she passed Christmas lights and candles were lit in many countries, states, cities and towns around the world. This little girls story went around the world in just a matter of a few days.
While the hospital and Dr. George Backardjiev's lawyer refuse commenting at this time, the staff and the hospital where the injuries were acquired vow to look further into how and why this happened.
Olivia's parents are seeking to have The Olivia Law passed to ban the use of forceps in assisted child births throughout the US. The Olivia Marie Coats Facebook Page is up and running for supporters and those who wish to assist the family during their time of need or through their fight for The Olivia Law to be recognized.
Olivia's story was first broke on Examiner.com and has since been picked up by many news stations gaining global recognition. Some of these include Fox News, CNN and Channel 12 news. The story is only gaining momentum adding hope to the progress of The Olivia Law becoming a reality.
Coats stated that “People are coming out of the woodwork with lifetime damages from forceps. People are telling us that they were forceps babies.” Olivia's mother went on to say "She has never even cried, but she is saying so much."
A state representative has contacted the family offering assistance to get the proposed law into legislation. However, this is but one small part of baby Olivia's legacy as her skin tissue and heart valves have been donated in order to make the difference in the lives of other babies.
Memorial Services and Funeral Arrangements for Olivia Marie Coats
Broussards’ Mortuary in Nederland, Texas will be where Olivia Coats funeral will take place. They will begin at 2 PM. The burial will follow at Memory Gardens, also in Nederland, Texas. There is an account set up for anyone hoping to make a contribution to the family to help with their baby's final expenses at 5 Point Credit Union. The account number is 8765877.
A balloon release in remembrance of Olivia is planned for 4 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 4, at Lions Den Park, 1802 Main St. in Orange, Texas. Those participating should bring their own helium balloons any size, color or design.
For the many who will not be able to be on site will also be releasing balloons for Olivia, the time will be 4:00 PM Central Standard Time on SATURDAY JANUARY 4th, 2014.
Olivia's obituary was released by the Beaumont Enterprise as follows.
"Olivia Marie Coats, infant daughter of Rachel Melancon and Trent Coats, died Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital, Houston. She was born on December 28, 2013, in Port Arthur.
Survivors include her parents; grandparents, Angie and Derek Coats and Kirk Melancon and Shelly Kennedy; great-grandparents, Sue and Danny Sims, Glenda and James Parker, and Rose Coats; uncles, Thomas Ray Wilcox, Tony Balismo, and Kirk Melancon, Jr.; aunts, Destiny Coats, Kristen Balismo, and Kelli Green; and great aunts, Dana Kennedy and Leslie Smith.
A gathering of Olivia's family and friends will be 1:00 p.m., with her funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014, at Broussard's, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her interment will follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland. Complete and updated information may be found by clicking here to be redirected to to Broussard's homepage."
More information can be found on The Olivia Marie Coats Facebook page. This includes information on purchasing t-shirts and upcoming events as well as updates on The Olivia Law's progress. Condolences and words of encouragement can also be left there.
There will be a benefit held for Olivia on January 26,2014 at the Orangefield Fire station!
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It will be an all day event!