Newborn baby suffocates in hospital bed, mom sues nurse

Faith Castro
August 11, 2017

A United States mother who accidentally smothered her newborn son as she slept is suing the hospital where his death occurred for $8.6m (£6.6m).

Monica Thompson, 42, argues that she was still "groggy" from her C-section three days before her son Jacob was placed in her care at Portland Adventist Medical Center in OR on August 2, 2012.

The mother, Monica Thompson, filed the suit last week at Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Thompson, who is suing both the hospital and the individual nurse involved in the incident, said she was "still drowsy and groggy" from her medication when she realized her son was not moving, her lawsuit states. When she awoke, she found the newborn not responding. ". She poked him and talked to him with no reaction". 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. 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.

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

The lawsuit is alleging negligence on the part of the hospital for medicating Thompson, placing the newborn in her bed without supervision and not having clear policies or enforcement on the dangers associated with this.

"This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family", the hospital said in a statement.

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People wrote that the Jacob Thompson was born after Monica and Graham Thompson battled infertility for 12 years.

Portland Adventist Medical Center issued a short statement to People, saying that it is "reviewing the claim" and could not provide any additional comments.

Never mind the unlikeliness of any hospital allowing a mother to breastfeed with narcotics in their system.

[Photo: Facebook/Handout]"Jacob suffocated under his mother while she was under the influence of narcotics and sleep aids", the lawsuit claimed.

"They are hoping this lawsuit gives them closure", Diego Conde, the family's attorney, told People. "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".

The Thompsons are now parents to a toddler daughter.

The suit states that Jacob was stabilized and transferred to Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he died when he was 10 days old on August 12, 2012, after he was taken off life support.

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