Mother sues Portland hospital after she accidentally smothered her baby


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.

U.S. woman Monica Thompson had given birth to her first child, a baby boy, and was nearly ready to take him home from the hospital.

A new mother who accidentally smothered her 4-day-old baby while in bed is suing the OR hospital where she gave birth for $8.6 million. When she woke up, he was unresponsive, the suit claims.

The lawsuit, filed Friday, claims Portland Adventist Medical Center was negligent in medicating Monica Thompson and leaving her unsupervised with her infant son, Jacob, for a session of late-night breastfeeding in her hospital bed, KATU reported.

Jacob suffocated under his mother while she was under the influence of narcotic and sleep aids.

Her lawsuit also alleges that doctors broke Jacob's ribs while performing CPR on him causing him "substantial pain". "When no nurse came to help, Mrs. Thompson carried her son to the hallway and frantically yelled for help".

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

The Portland Adventist Medical Center said in a statement: "This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family". "My firstborn and only son".

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"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'.

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". The nurse allegedly left mother and son unattended, even though Ms. Thompson was medicated on narcotic painkillers and sleep aids.

In a 2016 report, the AAP noted that evidence shows skin-to-skin care and "rooming-in" helps foster breastfeeding and mother-child bonding - but said the practices may also "pose safety concerns, particularly with regard to sleep".

Told the lawyer, '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'.

She was medicated with Ambien and Vicoden following a caesarean birth on August 2, 2012, Oregon Live reports.

The Thompsons are now parents to a toddler daughter.

Kristi Spurgeon Johnson, a spokeswoman for Portland Adventist Medical Center, told The Oregonian this week the hospital could not comment on the lawsuit until the hospital had a chance to review it.