Mom who accidentally suffocated newborn in hospital bed sues for $8.6 million

Oregon mother who mistakenly suffocated newborn sues hospital for $8.6 million

Mom accidentally smothers newborn son while heavily medicated, sues hospital for negligence

The lawsuit, filed last week, claims that Portland Adventist Medical Center is at fault for the death of Monica Thompson's 10-day-old son, Jacob.

Thompson gave birth to a healthy boy via C-section on August 2, 2012, and he was taken to a nursery three days later so his mother could recover. The lawsuit also claims the Portland hospital nurse brought the newborn in to breastfeed at 3 a.m. and put him into the bed with Thompson before exiting and leaving them unattended.

Thompson drifted off to sleep, but an hour later, she says she woke up to find the infant was unresponsive.

"She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond", according to the suit. Monica Thompson then got out of her bed and walked into the hallway, her limp baby still in her arms, and "frantically" begged for help, according to court documents.

Medical staff performed "painful" CPR on Jacob, but he'd been starved of oxygen for too long and suffered permanent brain damage, according to lawyers.

A spokesperson from the hospital declined to comment on its policy about newborns sharing beds with their mothers.

Because of that, Monica believes the hospital owes his estate $3 million in damages, and she is owed an additional $8 million for the severe emotional distress, severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety and prolonged grief disorder the incident caused her.

Conde said that Thompson now has a daughter, but Jacob was her "miracle baby".

In addition to accusing it of negligence, she is also suing the hospital on her son's behalf. Unless of course, Thompson wasn't on the narcotics and sedatives she claimed she was or the hospital egregiously erred by allowing her to breastfeed under the influence in the first place?

Seven days later, the baby died. About three hours earlier, Thompson, who had a Caesarean section, was given narcotic painkillers and sleep aids, the suit says.

In a statement to CNN, Portland Adventist Medical Center said, "This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family". Mrs. Thompson tried to stimulate her son's suckling reflexes without success.

"Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to all of our patients", she said in a statement.

The baby was stabilized and taken to a children's hospital and was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Jacob Thompson was born by Caesarean section on August 2, 2012, according to the lawsuit.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has previously recommended infants should not sleep in the same bed with parents, due to the risk the child could be smothered under an adult's shifting weight.

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