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

Henrietta Brewer
August 12, 2017

The lawsuit states Thompson gave birth to Jacob at the hospital on August 2, 2012.

The mother, Monica Thompson, filed the suit last week at Multnomah County Circuit Court. When the baby died, doctors determined that he suffered "severe hypoxia", as Jacob had gone without oxygen for too long, suffering severe and permanent brain damage.

Three days later, she was still in recovery and under the influence of painkiller Vicodin and sleep aid Ambien when nurses brought the baby to her bed at 3 a.m. for so she could breastfeed, the lawsuit says.

An hour later, Thompson, "still drowsy and groggy", realised that her son, Jacob, was not moving.

"She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond".

Adding, '... She poked him and talked to him with no reaction. "When no nurse came to help, Mrs. Thompson carried her son to the hallway and frantically yelled for help".

She claims she is owed a further $8million claiming the hospital has "directly caused her severe emotional distress, severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety and prolonged grief disorder".

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. In her legal filing, Thompson said the hospital was negligent for giving her the baby to breastfeed while she was taking such strong pain medications and also for leaving them alone while she was in such a groggy condition, Oregon Live reports.

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

Pictured Monica Thompson's newborn baby son, Jacob Thompson prior to him dying after accidentally smothering him to death after passing out from breastfeeding while on sedatives.

Now Thompson, 42, is suing Portland Adventist Medical Center for negligence and more. "Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to all of our patients". "My firstborn and only son". She said they were unable to provide any additional information at the time.

He died six days later. Thompson drifted off, and when she woke up, Jacob was unresponsive. I am sharing our story in the hopes that no mother or family will ever have to suffer through a tragedy such as this.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended in 2011 against bed-sharing. 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.

They then allegedly left the baby and drowsy mother unattended.

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