OR woman sues hospital after accidentally suffocating her newborn

  • OR woman sues hospital after accidentally suffocating her newborn

OR woman sues hospital after accidentally suffocating her newborn

". 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.

A nurse later arrived and called a "code blue" as Jacob was not breathing, the suit says.

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

He died seven days later when his mother and father Graham turned off his life support. Doctors determined that her newborn had gone without oxygen for too long.

Baby Jacob died after hospital workers put the baby in Monica Thompson's arms while she was under the influence of strong pain medications, reports The Oregonian.

The suit seeks damages for the baby's "desperation and anxiety" as he was suffocated and his mother's "severe emotional distress upon unintentionally killing her firstborn child". She's now suing the hospital for $8.8 million.

Pictured Oregon woman, Monica Thompson's then newborn baby son, Jacob Thompson prior to him dying after accidentally smothering him to death after passing out from breastfeeding while on sedatives at a Portland hospital. "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", the Thompson family said in a statement.

In her suit, Thompson told of the hospital that night giving her a 'combination of narcotic pain killers and sleep aids' around midnight, with a nurse returning to her room with Jacob around 3 a.m.

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

Portland Adventist Medical Center did not respond to questions on Thursday morning. We are reviewing the claims being made and we are unable to provide any additional information at this time'.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says babies should never share a bed with parents, and no pillows, sheets, blankets or other items should be in a baby's bed. [They] left the room and left mother and son unattended, ' it claims.

"Mothers will be naturally exhausted and potentially sleep-deprived or may sleep in short bursts".

A hospital spokesperson has declined to comment on the incident and the lawsuit. Staff can educate support persons and/or be immediately available to safely place newborns on a close but separate sleep surface when mothers fall asleep.

In 2011, a study claimed that it may be safe for mothers to nurse while under the influence of hydrocodone but only if they stick to less than 30mgs. "Mothers who have had cesarean deliveries are particularly at risk because of limited mobility and effects of anesthesia and warrant closer monitoring".

An hour later she awoke to find the baby unresponsive.