Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Mom Says Hospital's Negligence Made Her Accidentally Smother Newborn

Mom Says Hospital's Negligence Made Her Accidentally Smother Newborn

In a lawsuit filed last week, Monica Thompson said a nurse brought her son Jacob to her hospital bed at Portland Adventist Medical Center to breastfeed in the early hours of August 6, 2012.

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. Unfortunately, Jacob passed away six days later.

An hour later, Thompson noticed her son wasn't responsive and called for a nurse.

"She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond", the suit states. ". She poked him and talked to him with no reaction". Physicians determined the baby suffered from oxygen deficiency and his brain was permanently damaged.

The Thompson family. Image credit: Facebook / Yahoo!"A hospital doesn't get to load a breastfeeding mother with narcotics and sleep aids, drop a newborn child on the same bed to breastfeed, and abandon them to their luck", said Diego Conde, Thompson's attorney, according to CNN.

The suit seeks damages for the baby's "desperation and anxiety" as he was suffocated and his mother's "severe emotional distress upon unintentionally killing her firstborn child". Thompson drifted off, and when she woke up, Jacob was unresponsive.

"Jacob suffocated under his mother while she was under the influence of narcotics and sleep aids", her lawsuit reads. Thompson dozed off with the infant in her arms.

Thompson, who is suing both the hospital and the individual nurse involved in the incident, said she was "still drowsy and groggy" from her medication when she realized her son was not moving, her lawsuit states. But Thompson says in the lawsuit that the baby was put there in the middle of the night, while she was heavily medicated.

The new mum tried to get a response from her son before frantically calling for a nurse.

Monica Thompson is now suing the Portland Adventist Medical Center for $8 million.

Thompson also seeks compensation for her counseling expenses related to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, the suit says.

Johnson also said in a statement that Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to all of their patients and that the hospital is reviewing the claims being made.

The suit states that Jacob was stabilized and transferred to Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he died when he was 10 days old on August 12, 2012, after he was taken off life support. She said they were unable to provide any additional information at the time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended against bed sharing, according to The Oregonian.

They then allegedly left the baby and drowsy mother unattended.

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