Rachel and Allen are beyond grateful for all of the selfless people who have offered support through this page!
We received a few comments asking why the petition is already closed.. first let me say that we are so appreciative of everyone who did support and those of you who wanted to but did not get the chance. We only had the petition open for 24 hours and we received over 36,000 signatures. We only chose to keep it open for 24 hours to show that even in such a short time how many people also agree with our decision to pursue the outlaw of forceps.
Thank you again for all of your support! God Bless You!
We have received a few comments asking what the money we are raising is for..
The money that you have all so kindly donated, which we are forever grateful for, will be used for medical expenses, funeral costs, and court costs that we will spend trying to get The Olivia Law passed.
On another note, we have reached over 30,000 supporters with the petition in just over a 24 hour period. We are blown away by the support that you all have offered us. The more people that sign this petition, the better case we can bring with us to court to get this law passed! We hope to use Olivia's story to save other infants.
Rachel and Allen are completely blown away by all of your support and love. Everyone's kind words is what is keeping this family going strong. We cannot say thank you enough for all that you guys have done for this family..
Olivia Marie Coats was taken off of life support yesterday and is back in God's arms. Olivia's story continues to spread like wildfire, reaching out and touching hearts around the state and even the country. Her parents, Rachel and Allen, are grieving but thankful as they posted on Olivia's facebook support page.. "Our lil princess has went to heaven this is the hardest part I hurt so much inside and I know my baby girl would want me to stay strong for her and everyone so she put peace in my heart most people don't get to say goodbye we did and we're great full for that we will never forget her for she will change someone's life for the better."
Please continue to keep this family in your prayers, to heal their broken hearts while keeping Olivia's legacy going to save future innocent lives.
Just got word that CBS called and is wanting to do a story baby Olivia! Her story will be heard and so many lives and families will be saved from the damage of forceps. Please continue to keep this family in your prayers, may peace be with them and all of you.
Olivia Marie Coats graced our world with her presence on December 28th, 2013. Rachel Melancon and her Fiance Allen Coats expected a healthy baby girl, and she was in fact beautiful and flawless. She was also perfectly healthy until Dr. George Backardjehiv decided to use forceps before rushing mom off for an emergency c-section.
Olivia was born unable to move or breathe on her own, She was internally damaged by the forceps that Dr.George Backardjehiv used during the birthing procedure. One can only imagine the horror Olivia's parents felt when they found out their perfect little girl was suffering from a fractured skull and severed spinal cord.
Father, Allen Coats, released a statement saying, "We want our Little angel to live on and change the world with her story. Please make this happen and tell everyone you know we love you all , and thanks for making this possible. As most of you know Olivia is now on life support due to her doctor using forceps trying to get her out of the birth canal which caused her skull to be crushed and a broken spine leaving her brain dead. Her loved ones are in a great deal of pain and appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers throughout this hard time. Friends of the family are currently trying to set up a benefit & also a donation page for this sweet angel. Further information will be posted on the Olivia Marie Coats group page on Facebook as well as more knowledge of what is yet to come. Please pray for the family as they spend time with her tomorrow, she will be taken off life support and her love will live on in a little boy or girl who is in need of a heart or a certain organ. You will never be forgotten princess!We will be trying to pass the Olivia law so no other doctor can use forceps, and this can be prevented from happening to any other precious child!"
Rachel Melancon, Olivia's mother said, "I wish I could thank each and every one of you personally for all your love and support and all the hugs from random people . I had no clue just how many people lives have been touched. I really am in shock and I want everyone to know what happened to my daughter will never happen to anyone else. We will be trying to pass the Olivia law so no other Dr. Uses forceps. If you can't deliver a baby, a c-section is what you receive. Having to look at my baby girl and all the damages done to her perfect little body is something that will stick with me for the rest of my life and the decisions I've had to make because of this mess is the hardest thing I have EVER had to do. I may have lost the life of a beautiful baby girl but she WILL live on and she WILL have her justice!"
This is the benefit page for Olivia, to help her family with all of the medical and funeral costs. This page is also to raise awareness about the use of forceps and how damaging they can be. Rachel and Allen want Olivia's story to live on forever and save other innocent infants' lives. By trying to instate "The Olivia Law", the parents hope to make the use of forceps nonexistent and hopefully illegal so that no other child suffers like their baby girl did.
There are no words to express the pain Olivia's parents and all those who love her are feeling. Please keep Olivia and her family in your prayers, as this is a time for immense healing powers to be rushed over this family.
Rachel and Allen are greatly appreciative for all of the love and support from everyone; they thank each and every one of you for your thoughts, support, and prayers.
As of today, December 31st, baby Olivia is still on life support. Though her time on earth is limited, Olivia will live on in all of our hearts forever.
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