Mother sues Portland hospital after she accidentally smothered her baby
Aug 12 2017 by Kathy Alvarado
A new mother has filed an $8.6 million lawsuit against an OR hospital after she accidentally smothered her 4-day-old baby in a hospital bed.
Monica Thompson faults the Southeast Portland hospital for putting her newborn, Jacob, in bed with her in middle of the night so she could breastfeed him while she was unsupervised and heavily medicated with painkillers and sleep aids.
It was almost midnight one Sunday in the summer of 2012 when Thompson, who had undergone a Caesarean section a few days earlier, was given a cocktail of narcotic painkillers and sleep aids.
An hour later, Thompson noticed her son wasn't responsive and called for a nurse. She tried to get her son to respond while calling for a nurse for help. The hospital staff then reportedly took baby Jacob to work on him but he never regained consciousness.
He was transferred to the NICU of a different hospital and spent six days on life support before Thompson and her husband, Graham, made the hard decision to terminate his life support at the recommendation of doctors, the complaint notes. The doctors seeing to the baby determined he was both "severely and permanently" brain damaged. Monica and her husband, Graham Thompson, terminated his life support on August 12, 2012, based on recommendations from doctors, according to the complaint.
Jacob suffocated under his mother while she was under the influence of narcotic and sleep aids.
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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 civil suit contends Monica Thompson's newborn son, Jacob, died as a result of negligence by Physicians Regional in Collier County and an unidentified nurse there. The spokesperson also did not comment about the hospital's policy on newborns and bed sharing. ". She poked him and talked to him with no reaction". "My firstborn and only son".
The suit is seeking $8 million in damages for the baby's distress, Thompson's emotional distress and counseling. "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".
"I am Jacob's voice in making sure his life won't be in vain".
Her son had been born "healthy" by Cesarean section, according to the lawsuit. "It has taken Monica and the family all this time to finally come to the conclusion that something went wrong, and they were not to blame". "It is senseless", Diego Conde, the family attorney said.
An Oregon woman who accidentallysuffocated her newborn baby boy is suing the hospital in which the tragic incident occurred.