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

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

In the $8.6 million lawsuit filed last Friday and obtained by PEOPLE, Monica Thompson alleges that a nurse employed at Portland Adventist Medical Center transferred her 4-day-old son Jacob from a nursery to her bed so that she could breastfeed him on August 2, 2012.

Monica Thompson claims the Portland Adventist Medical Center staff placed her newborn, Jacob, in bed with her so she could breastfeed him in the middle of the night, and left her unsupervised while she was heavily medicated with sleep aids and painkillers, The Oregonian reported.

That night, the hospital gave Thompson a "combination of narcotic pain killers and sleep aids" around midnight, with a nurse returning to her room with Jacob around 3 a.m.

Thompson says that an hour later, she was "still drowsy and groggy" and noticed that her son was unresponsive in her arms. She called for assistance as she tried to revive her son however when noone came to help, Thompson carried him into the hallway, where she was able to attract the attention of a nurse.

"Jacob was a true miracle baby", Thompson said in a statement provided to CNN by her lawyer.

Jacob was stabilised and transferred to Randall Children's Hopsital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Centre.

Six days after the accident, he was removed from life support, after doctors advised he would never recover from the brain damage. He was 10 days old.

Monica Thompson is now suing the Portland Adventist Medical Center for $8 million. "We are reviewing the claims being made and we are unable to provide any additional information at this time". He was the first child of Monica and Graham Thompson.

A mother who accidentally smothered her newborn baby is suing a hospital for damages. "My firstborn and only son. She poked him and talked to him with no reaction", the documents say. "I am sharing our story in the hopes that no mother or family will ever have to suffer through a preventable tragedy such as this". What happened to us could've easily been prevented had the nurses been doing their job'.

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

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

Tragically Jacob's death came after the Thompsons struggled with infertility for 12 years before they became pregnant with Jacob in 2012. Experts say babies who share a bed with their parents are at risk because parents can roll on top of them, or the babies can get trapped in blankets and bedsheets. More and more, hospitals are being encouraged to promote mother-baby bonding, skin-to-skin contact, early breastfeeding, etc. "It is senseless", Diego Conde, the family attorney said.

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