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Texas baby taken off life support after assisted delivery goes wrong

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 4:38pm

Olivia Marie Coats, born on December 28, in Port Arthur, Texas, was taken off life support Thursday.

CNN reports the baby girl suffered from a fractured skull and severed spinal cord.

Her parents, Rachel Melancon and Allen Coats blame the injuries on the use of forceps during an attempted assisted vaginal birth at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur.

Baby Olivia was eventually delivered by an emergency C-Section.

Close family friend, Cinda Castle, is speaking on behalf of the family.

"Perfectly healthy, beautiful baby girl, to lifeless. We are finding out a lot of people and a lot of people have been hurt and traumatized from the use of forceps," said Castle.

The CEO of the Medical Center of Southeast Texas says the hospital cannot comment on Olivia's case because of federal medical privacy laws.

Melancon and Coats say they want to establish the 'Olivia Law.' Which is a law banning the use of forceps during assisted vaginal births. 


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