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Melanie Zareie, a 33-year-old mother of one and yoga instructor in Athens, Georgia, was due to deliver her second child with husband, Cas, in April 2018.

Zareie teaches yoga classes to kids and adults a few times a week and is a stay-at-home mom to her 18-month-old daughter, Juniper. One of her biggest priorities during her pregnancy has been to make the time feel magical and special for Juniper.

Zareie experienced a healthy pregnancy with no complications and planned to have a natural birth.


Zareie went into labor at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital in Athens, Georgia, on April 9, 2018. 


Baby Olivia Moon Zareie was born on the evening of April 9, 2018. She suffered a traumatic injury at birth, Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, as a result of oxygen deprivation. She was transferred to the Gwinnett Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on full life supporton April 10.

The Zareies returned home from the NICU on May 1, their 8-year wedding anniversary.

Baby Olivia suffered severe damage to her brain and will continue to require treatments and therapies for the rest of her life.