Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

New mother sues hospital after suffocating baby

New mother sues hospital after suffocating baby

The lawsuit was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, and according to Thompson's lawyers, she's suing the hospital and the nurse who left her drowsy with Jacob for $8.6 million.

A nurse took the newborn to his mother for breast-feeding and put the child next to her in her hospital bed at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore. The suit alleges a nurse at Portland (Ore.) Adventist Medical Center took Ms. Thompson's baby, Jacob, from the hospital's nursery to Ms. Thompson's room for breastfeeding around 3 a.m. on August 6, 2012. According to the lawsuit, Thompson claimed she was "still drowsy and groggy" when nurses brought the infant to her hospital room.

"She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond", the suit states.

However, she fell asleep with her baby next to her and accidentally suffocated him. The lawsuit says no nurse immediately came to help; so, Thompson carried her son into the hallway, where she got the attention of a nurse. In her legal filing, Thompson said the hospital was negligent for giving her the baby to breastfeed while she was taking such strong pain medications and also for leaving them alone while she was in such a groggy condition, Oregon Live reports.

Thompson "unintentionally suffocated her baby boy, causing him severe and permanent brain damage", according to the lawsuit.

The suit also says that when the doctors performed CPR on Jacob, they broke his ribs which can "cause substantial pain".

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Thompson now has a daughter, her attorney said.

After six days, doctors told the parents the baby's comatose state was irreversible. However, at the time, Thompson says she was under "a combination" of "narcotic painkillers and sleep aids", and she blames the hospital for the loss of her precious son.

Thompson is seeking over $US2million for her son's estate and over $US6million for the "severe emotional distress" she has suffered. Jacob, who was Monica's first child, died on August 12, 2012.

"This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family", Portland Adventist Medical Center tells PEOPLE in a statement. "Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to all of our patients".

Jacob was not breathing; once he was stabilized, he was placed on life support and transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit at nearby Randall Children's Hospital. She said they were unable to provide any additional information at the time.

SIDS and Kids Australia recommend that babies should sleep in their own safe sleeping environment next to a parent's bed for the first 6-12 months of life, to help prevent infant deaths. Mom and baby were left unattended.

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