The Olivia Law

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Raised by 799 people in 35 months
Allen Coats  ORANGE, TX
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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Update 8
Posted by Allen Coats
35 months ago
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!
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Update 7
Posted by Allen Coats
35 months ago
Hello everyone!

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.

God Bless You!
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Update 6
Posted by Allen Coats
35 months ago
We have hit 15k supporters that have signed The Olivia Law petition!! Keep sharing with your family and friends. Baby Olivia will get justice.
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Update 5
Posted by Allen Coats
35 months ago
Hello everyone!

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..

I would like to ask everyone to visit the website for the petition for The Olivia Law and help us fight for baby Olivia's justice!! https://www.change.org/petitions/olivia-marie-coats-pass-the-olivia-law

Also I would like to ask if you would post your state/country when leaving support on this page. It is so heartwarming and reassuring to the family to see just how far Olivia's story has spread.

God Bless You all! You're all angels to this family xox
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Cindy Proctor Schlecht
2 months ago

As a 30 + year labor and delivery nurse, I can truly say I've NEVER seen a situation like this. This was TOTALLY the Drs. fault. Only he knows where he has placed the forceps and ONLY he knows the pressure and strength he is using to pull the baby out. I had twins born with the assistants of forceps. The problem with forceps is that it's an old school practice. They don't even teach new OBGYNs how to use them anymore. Now days they use a Mity-Vac. A suction cup that is placed on the baby's scalp....a very dangerous tool. You can't imagine the hematomas and brain bleeds I've seen with a Mity Vac use. I am SO sorry for your loss!!

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Jules Haddock
6 months ago

I am really sorry for your loss, but my baby was delivered safely and without issue by forceps following complications during labour. Please don't ban forceps, it saved me from a caesarean which I didn't need. Instead, perhaps you could insist on further training? Again, I am truly sorry for your loss.

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Erica G Mcduffie-Mejia
19 months ago

My heart goes out to y'all I'm sorry for the pain y'all went through ... I wish there was something I could do ... I will be praying for y'all ...

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Victoria Smith
19 months ago

My heart truly aches for you! I am so sorry for your loss, I hope you win your case, they should be banned!!

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Amber Hennessey
19 months ago

Soooo sorry for your loss, she was beautiful.. Hugs to the family and friends..

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Ashley Craig
31 months ago

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope and pray this law is passed as well as more laws respecting the parents decision to have a C-section instead of a natural birth no matter what the outcome may be.

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Arizona Kalde
32 months ago

So sorry for your loss. I was a forcep baby, the Dr took part of my right ear cartilage. He should have sent you directly to 911 c-section (that was in 1975); so it tells you that tool should be banned.

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Krystyn Lowe
32 months ago

I'm so terribly sorry for your loss, I stumbled across your story tonight and felt so devastated for you. My oldest had a forceps delivery, which was awful and thankfully left no permanent damage, but a badly bruised head. I hope peace finds you and your family and that a law is passed to outlaw forceps deliveries. Peace and hope.

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Carleyann Nicholas-Hill
33 months ago

My heart bleeds for u. My husband and I lost out son, Elijah Jacob,b in 2007. He passed away from SID's. Even tho he passed peacefully it was, and is, the hardest thing our family had ever gone thru. No matter how u lose a child, it's not easy, but to have the added insult surrounding Olivia's death would b like a punch in the face, only worse. I'm not going to lie and say it gets easier but what I can say is, it becomes a part of life, an becomes tolerable. As long as u keep Olivia's memory alive she will always b close to u. I also commend u for donating her organs. Olivia is saving another child and family from this terrible heartache. I pray for Olivia and ur family. I hope u get everything u deserve. Our prayers r with u, Olivia is now forever in our hearts. With luv from our family to urs.

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Lori Kay Hoffmann
33 months ago

Sure have been thinking of this family, hoping and praying for them to be strong, time never makes anything go away and fade the hurt. Hugs and prayers to them. So many prayers! Always!

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Don N Amanda Raines
34 months ago

I am so sorry for your lose. I know half of your pain. We went thur the same thing in 2012. My baby was 9+ lbs and there was no ways could deliver her. But my dr said I could even tho they do the test around 5 months to check. My daughters spinal cord was not damaged. Her skull was fractured. She had nerve damaged in her arm and was a few months old before she could use it. We go to numerous doctors still today to help her. It also paralyzed her vocal cord so she cannot talk. I hope this law is passed. What we have been thur as a family no one should go thur. She was blue when she was born. It was several months before she could move her head. She's had a surgery already. The list is a day long and this is not about me. I just really hope this law passes.

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Linda Jeffus
34 months ago

I am extremely sorry for your loss, so sad !

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Jeri Fallon
35 months ago

God Bless you and your family, I am so sorry about your loss, I can't imagine having to go through that. It is horrible :(

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Jennifer Cunningham
35 months ago

im so sorry to here about your lil girl no one should have to go through anything like that you all are in my prayers...and lots of good luck with the lawsuit.i hope you win..i lost my son at 8 weeks i know how you feel and its terrible to have to go through that kind of pain my son has a twin sister that is now 20 and has cerebral palsy from delivery.my prayers will always be with you..

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Nicole Ferris
35 months ago

My heart goes out to you both. I can't imagine how tough this is for you. My heart is breaking for your loss. Good luck with the lawsuit and I really hope this forceps ban goes through. I support this cause.

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Tracie Nath
35 months ago

I am so very sorry to read about the loss of you little girl. Your story touches on a very personal level. My son's skull was also fractured in multiple places due to a failed forceps delivery. He was not breathing when the emergency c-section was performed, and we were unsure if the fractures would lead to permanent brain damage. Miraculously the only permanent damage that my son has is an indentation on the right side of his head. The Dr. that performed my son's delivery is a skilled physician who knew what she was doing, and yet my son nearly died. I will be praying for you and your family and I hope that the Olivia Law will bring to light the dangers of forceps so that will never happen again.

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Martyna Dragonska
35 months ago

This is so heart breaking. I am so so sorry for you and your family. Can't even stop crying yet. Sending my love and support to all off you.nobody should have to go this, stay strong. Xx

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Kelly Howell
35 months ago

I feel you and your loss of your little Olivia. I cried reading this story as I have an Olivia of my own and she too was born via forceps. But I would like to make it clear that it isn't the tool that can cause injury but those that use it. There is no one to blame but the doctor who incorrectly used the instrument and probably wasn't trained properly to use them or was hurrying. He also didn't take it into consideration the fact that the mother wished for a c-section as she felt the baby was too big. Here in Australia we have a choice in our medical treatment. Nothing anyone can say and no law being passed will bring your little Olivia back, but fight for the doctor to lose his licence not for the use of a tool that can save lives. I nearly lost mine and my baby when giving birth 2 months ago, forceps saved us and I will always be grateful for that. Continue to put time and patience into fighting the doctor now and make it matter as that would be what your Olivia would want, but taking it to court and asking forceps to be outlawed can cost lives too. There is actually more benefits than bad, it comes down to the training of doctors to use them. The one that delivered my baby was so gentle so remember that it is the person not the tool that can hurt others.

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Alyssa Ford
35 months ago

I am extremely sorry for your loss in September I lost my little sister due to a mistake by my mom's doctor that costed my little sisters life we had to use this site for expenses too I hope you get justice for your baby no one deserves to feel the pain and heart ache of losing a child you and your family are in my prayers stay strong

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Laura Greig
35 months ago

I am truly saddened to hear of your loss. I hope the doctor is taken out of practice. And the law gets passed. No one should have to go through something so terrible. Our thoughts are with you all. Love and support fromcbrechin, Scotland xx

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$22,998 of $20k goal

Raised by 799 people in 35 months
Created December 31, 2013
Allen Coats  
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Anonymous
5 months ago
SH
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Sonia Huerta
19 months ago
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danielle hankin
19 months ago
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Heartbreaking having to read about this, brought a tear to my eye. A donation from the UK for you, wishing you all the best and hoping baby Olivia gets her justice and these terrible tools get banned from being used in childbirth. Absolutely awful things!!! R.I.P Olivia xxxxx

MR
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Marisa Rimpel
19 months ago
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God bless you and your family. Olivia is heaven where she will experience no pain or harm. Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

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Hailey Cullison
19 months ago
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I am so so very sorry for the loss of yalls sweet sweet baby girl I am truly torn to pieces reading about this tragic incident I can not imagine the pain that yall are enduring I will keep yall in my prayers she is such a beautiful sweet little girl I am so sorry

TF
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The Betts Family
31 months ago
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So very sorry for your loss. Hope this small donation helps in anyway it can. God bless you and may God be with you.

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Heather Plew
32 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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Sue Skorny
32 months ago
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So so sorry. God bless you and your family and may God give you peace in your hearts.

JG
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Joanne Guinn
33 months ago
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My heart is broken for the loss of your beautiful daughter. Stay strong. Prayers to you, and know that your beautiful girl is an angel now.

$5
Heather Plew
33 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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Cindy Proctor Schlecht
2 months ago

As a 30 + year labor and delivery nurse, I can truly say I've NEVER seen a situation like this. This was TOTALLY the Drs. fault. Only he knows where he has placed the forceps and ONLY he knows the pressure and strength he is using to pull the baby out. I had twins born with the assistants of forceps. The problem with forceps is that it's an old school practice. They don't even teach new OBGYNs how to use them anymore. Now days they use a Mity-Vac. A suction cup that is placed on the baby's scalp....a very dangerous tool. You can't imagine the hematomas and brain bleeds I've seen with a Mity Vac use. I am SO sorry for your loss!!

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Jules Haddock
6 months ago

I am really sorry for your loss, but my baby was delivered safely and without issue by forceps following complications during labour. Please don't ban forceps, it saved me from a caesarean which I didn't need. Instead, perhaps you could insist on further training? Again, I am truly sorry for your loss.

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Erica G Mcduffie-Mejia
19 months ago

My heart goes out to y'all I'm sorry for the pain y'all went through ... I wish there was something I could do ... I will be praying for y'all ...

+ Read More
Victoria Smith
19 months ago

My heart truly aches for you! I am so sorry for your loss, I hope you win your case, they should be banned!!

+ Read More
Amber Hennessey
19 months ago

Soooo sorry for your loss, she was beautiful.. Hugs to the family and friends..

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Ashley Craig
31 months ago

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope and pray this law is passed as well as more laws respecting the parents decision to have a C-section instead of a natural birth no matter what the outcome may be.

+ Read More
Arizona Kalde
32 months ago

So sorry for your loss. I was a forcep baby, the Dr took part of my right ear cartilage. He should have sent you directly to 911 c-section (that was in 1975); so it tells you that tool should be banned.

+ Read More
Krystyn Lowe
32 months ago

I'm so terribly sorry for your loss, I stumbled across your story tonight and felt so devastated for you. My oldest had a forceps delivery, which was awful and thankfully left no permanent damage, but a badly bruised head. I hope peace finds you and your family and that a law is passed to outlaw forceps deliveries. Peace and hope.

+ Read More
Carleyann Nicholas-Hill
33 months ago

My heart bleeds for u. My husband and I lost out son, Elijah Jacob,b in 2007. He passed away from SID's. Even tho he passed peacefully it was, and is, the hardest thing our family had ever gone thru. No matter how u lose a child, it's not easy, but to have the added insult surrounding Olivia's death would b like a punch in the face, only worse. I'm not going to lie and say it gets easier but what I can say is, it becomes a part of life, an becomes tolerable. As long as u keep Olivia's memory alive she will always b close to u. I also commend u for donating her organs. Olivia is saving another child and family from this terrible heartache. I pray for Olivia and ur family. I hope u get everything u deserve. Our prayers r with u, Olivia is now forever in our hearts. With luv from our family to urs.

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Lori Kay Hoffmann
33 months ago

Sure have been thinking of this family, hoping and praying for them to be strong, time never makes anything go away and fade the hurt. Hugs and prayers to them. So many prayers! Always!

+ Read More
Don N Amanda Raines
34 months ago

I am so sorry for your lose. I know half of your pain. We went thur the same thing in 2012. My baby was 9+ lbs and there was no ways could deliver her. But my dr said I could even tho they do the test around 5 months to check. My daughters spinal cord was not damaged. Her skull was fractured. She had nerve damaged in her arm and was a few months old before she could use it. We go to numerous doctors still today to help her. It also paralyzed her vocal cord so she cannot talk. I hope this law is passed. What we have been thur as a family no one should go thur. She was blue when she was born. It was several months before she could move her head. She's had a surgery already. The list is a day long and this is not about me. I just really hope this law passes.

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Linda Jeffus
34 months ago

I am extremely sorry for your loss, so sad !

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Jeri Fallon
35 months ago

God Bless you and your family, I am so sorry about your loss, I can't imagine having to go through that. It is horrible :(

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Jennifer Cunningham
35 months ago

im so sorry to here about your lil girl no one should have to go through anything like that you all are in my prayers...and lots of good luck with the lawsuit.i hope you win..i lost my son at 8 weeks i know how you feel and its terrible to have to go through that kind of pain my son has a twin sister that is now 20 and has cerebral palsy from delivery.my prayers will always be with you..

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Nicole Ferris
35 months ago

My heart goes out to you both. I can't imagine how tough this is for you. My heart is breaking for your loss. Good luck with the lawsuit and I really hope this forceps ban goes through. I support this cause.

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Tracie Nath
35 months ago

I am so very sorry to read about the loss of you little girl. Your story touches on a very personal level. My son's skull was also fractured in multiple places due to a failed forceps delivery. He was not breathing when the emergency c-section was performed, and we were unsure if the fractures would lead to permanent brain damage. Miraculously the only permanent damage that my son has is an indentation on the right side of his head. The Dr. that performed my son's delivery is a skilled physician who knew what she was doing, and yet my son nearly died. I will be praying for you and your family and I hope that the Olivia Law will bring to light the dangers of forceps so that will never happen again.

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Martyna Dragonska
35 months ago

This is so heart breaking. I am so so sorry for you and your family. Can't even stop crying yet. Sending my love and support to all off you.nobody should have to go this, stay strong. Xx

+ Read More
Kelly Howell
35 months ago

I feel you and your loss of your little Olivia. I cried reading this story as I have an Olivia of my own and she too was born via forceps. But I would like to make it clear that it isn't the tool that can cause injury but those that use it. There is no one to blame but the doctor who incorrectly used the instrument and probably wasn't trained properly to use them or was hurrying. He also didn't take it into consideration the fact that the mother wished for a c-section as she felt the baby was too big. Here in Australia we have a choice in our medical treatment. Nothing anyone can say and no law being passed will bring your little Olivia back, but fight for the doctor to lose his licence not for the use of a tool that can save lives. I nearly lost mine and my baby when giving birth 2 months ago, forceps saved us and I will always be grateful for that. Continue to put time and patience into fighting the doctor now and make it matter as that would be what your Olivia would want, but taking it to court and asking forceps to be outlawed can cost lives too. There is actually more benefits than bad, it comes down to the training of doctors to use them. The one that delivered my baby was so gentle so remember that it is the person not the tool that can hurt others.

+ Read More
Alyssa Ford
35 months ago

I am extremely sorry for your loss in September I lost my little sister due to a mistake by my mom's doctor that costed my little sisters life we had to use this site for expenses too I hope you get justice for your baby no one deserves to feel the pain and heart ache of losing a child you and your family are in my prayers stay strong

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Laura Greig
35 months ago

I am truly saddened to hear of your loss. I hope the doctor is taken out of practice. And the law gets passed. No one should have to go through something so terrible. Our thoughts are with you all. Love and support fromcbrechin, Scotland xx

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