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$86m: Monica Thompson sues OR hospital after she 'accidentally' smothered newborn baby

12 August 2017, 04:22 | Randall Craig

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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.

Thompson gave birth to a healthy boy via C-section on August 2, 2012, and he was taken to a nursery three days later so his mother could recover.

The grieving mother alleged that the hospital is at fault after nurses brought the baby into her room to breastfeed at around 3 a.m., after she was heavily medicated with Ambien and Vicodin. About an hour later, the new mother was "still drowsy and groggy" when she noticed her son was not moving.

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

She tried to wake him and called for a nurse. The lawsuit says no nurse immediately came to help; so, Thompson carried her son into the hallway, where she got the attention of a nurse.

Doctors concluded he suffered severe hypoxia and that the brain was "severely and permanently damaged".

A mother who accidentally smothered her newborn baby is suing a hospital for damages.

Thompson's $8 million lawsuit against the Portland hospital also maintains the staff "directly caused her severe emotional distress, severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety and prolonged grief disorder". When the OR mom awoke about an hour later, she found her son still in her arms but unresponsive.

Now Thompson, 42, is suing Portland Adventist Medical Center for negligence and more. "We are reviewing the claims being made and we are unable to provide any additional information at this time".

The baby was transferred to Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland and put on life support.

Seven days later, the baby died. "My firstborn and only son".

"A hospital doesn't get to load a breastfeeding mother with narcotics and sleep aids, drop a newborn child on the same bed to breastfeed, and abandon them to their luck", Conde was reported as saying.

SIDS and Kids Australia recommend that babies should sleep in their own safe sleeping environment next to a parent's bed for the first 6-12 months of life, to help prevent infant deaths. 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. "But their biggest hope is that other hospitals don't do this and it can set clear policies for their nurses to avoid something as senseless as dropping off a child for breastfeeding to a mom loaded with narcotics and painkillers".

She also alleges she and the baby were left unsupervised for an hour.

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