Mom Sues Hospital for $8.6M After Suffocating Her Newborn

Oregon mother who mistakenly suffocated newborn sues hospital for $8.6 million
Mom accidentally smothers newborn son while heavily medicated, sues hospital for negligence
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11 August, 2017

When she touched his eyes, talked to him, and poked him, she did not get a response, according to the lawsuit against the hospital.

She cited negligence in causing "foreseeable harm" to her son Jacob Daniel Thompson and "negligent infliction of emotional distress" to her over the child's death on August 12, 2012.

A new mother who accidentally smothered her 4-day-old baby while in bed is suing the OR hospital where she gave birth for $8.6 million. When she woke up groggy an hour later, he was unresponsive.

"She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond", her lawsuit claims. The newborn had suffered extensive brain damage, and his parents removed him from life support six days later - when he was 10 days old - after doctors said his comatose state was irreparable.

"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.

When a nurse noticed the mother in the hallway, she examined the newborn and called a "Code Blue" because the newborn was not breathing, Thompson's attorney said. The spokesperson also did not comment about the hospital's policy on newborns and bed sharing.

Pictured Oregon woman, Monica Thompson's then newborn baby son, Jacob Thompson prior to him dying after accidentally smothering him to death after passing out from breastfeeding while on sedatives at a Portland hospital.

"The hospital staff was totally irresponsible for giving the mother Vicodin AND Ambien at the same time", wrote one Daily Mail reader.

Ms Thompson alleges nurses put Jacob in bed with her in the middle of the night to be fed. I am sharing our story in the hopes that no mother or family will ever have to suffer through a tragedy such as this. "What happened to us could have easily been prevented had the nurses been doing their job".

"When doctors performed CPR on the baby, they broke his ribs which 'can cause substantial pain"'.

'I am Jacob's voice in making sure his life won't be in vain'.

"Jacob suffocated under his mother while she was under the influence of narcotic and sleep aids". More and more, hospitals are being encouraged to promote mother-baby bonding, skin-to-skin contact, early breastfeeding, etc.

Portland Adventist Medical Center issued a short statement to People, saying that it is "reviewing the claim" and could not provide any additional comments.

Tragically, the Thompsons had spent 12 years struggling with infertility before having Jacob in 2012, so they referred to him as their "true miracle baby".


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