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1/5/2014 (1 year ago)

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Lawsuit names doctor at Medical Center of Southeast Texas

The most horrifying, sickening sound expectant parents can ever hear - their newborn child's skull being crushed by a doctor's forceps. Allen and Rachel Coats allege that a forceps delivery by Dr. George T. Backardjiev at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas killed their newborn child. The couple  plans to take legal action against the doctor.

Newspaper reports say that Olivia's parents are now pushing for the passage of 'The Olivia Law,' which would ban the use of forceps during birth.

Newspaper reports say that Olivia's parents are now pushing for the passage of "The Olivia Law," which would ban the use of forceps during birth.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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1/5/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Texas, lawsuit, child death, forceps

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "We're not mad at hospital, this is not their fault. It is one man's fault," Angie Coats, Olivia's grandmother told reporters. "We only want justice for Olivia; we want the person responsible, which is the doctor. We don't want the hospital being shunned. The hospital is great. The nurses were wonderful. It's not their fault."

Coats alleges that Rachel asked Dr. Backardjiev to perform a C-section due to the baby's size, but she said that he responded, "No, you don't want a C-section. You'll have a scar." Later on, 18 hours into labor, she says that her daughter barely had enough energy to push.

"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," Coats alleges.

"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."

After an emergency C-section on December 28, Olivia was moved to Houston's Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. She died on January 2.

The Medical Center of Southeast Texas said in a statement that it immediately started a review of the case.

Newspaper reports say that Olivia's parents are now pushing for the passage of "The Olivia Law," which would ban the use of forceps during birth.


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