Baby Dies After Skull And Spine Are Crushed During Forceps Delivery
One doctor’s medical mistake ended this precious baby’s life before it even started.
According to ABC News:
Olivia Marie Coats lived for five days after her parents allege a forceps delivery crushed her little skull and caused brain death. Now, they have launched a Facebook campaign to stop the use of forceps in all births.
Allen Coats, 25, and his fiancee Rachel Melancon, 24, say they will sue their obstetrician, Dr. George T. Backardjiev, but not The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, where their daughter was born on Dec. 28. The baby was transferred that day to Houston’s Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, which confirmed the baby died on Jan. 2.
Coats, a pipe fitter and the baby’s father, told ABCNews.com, “I can’t bring it to myself to talk to people at the moment — sorry.”
“We’re not mad at hospital, this is not their fault. It is one man’s fault,” Angie Cotes, the baby’s grandmother told ABCNews.com. “We only want justice for Olivia; we want the person responsible, which is the doctor.
This is a shame….and waaaaaaay too sad.
Angie Coats, 43, of Nederland, Texas, said her daughter-in-law was “itty bitty” — 4-feet-11 and 95 pounds — before she was pregnant.
“[Backardjiev] said, ‘No, you don’t want a C-section. You’ll have a scar,” said Coats, who was present at the birth. “During her delivery, the baby’s heart rate kept going up. He said, ‘One more hour, one more hour.’ Her water broke, but it was 18 hours until the delivery. [Rachel] was running a 103 fever… Five hours passed, then he came in and she started to push. But she was so worn out and the baby wasn’t even in the birth canal.”
Coats alleges that the baby was face up and Backardjiev tried unsuccessfully to turn her with his hands.
“When he couldn’t do that, he took the small forceps to try to pull the baby out. He kept going and even put his foot up on the bed trying to pull,” she said. “He was turning and twisting and she would never come out. He put the forceps one way and the other. When he touched the top and side of the skull, we heard a pop, like clay cracking in pottery and heard her skull crush.”
The parents aren’t mad at the hospital, but they should be. The hospital should have made sure the doctor was properly trained to avoid this tragedy.