Woman sues hospital after she accidentally suffocates her newborn

Ebony Scott
August 11, 2017

A new mother who accidentally smothered her 4-day-old baby in a hospital bed has filed an $8.6 million lawsuit against Portland Adventist Medical Center.

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 hospital staff was totally irresponsible for giving the mother Vicodin AND Ambien at the same time", wrote one Daily Mail reader.

Monica Thompson was medicated with Ambien and Vicodin a few hours before a nurse walked into Thompson's room, gave her the baby and left around 3 a.m. on August 6, 2012, according to the suit.

Thompson says that an hour later, she was "still drowsy and groggy" and noticed that her son was unresponsive in her arms. When the OR mom awoke about an hour later, she found her son still in her arms but unresponsive.

Adding, '... She poked him and talked to him with no reaction.

The new mum tried to get a response from her son before frantically calling for 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.

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The suit highlights a grave area of concern in pediatrics: parents sleeping in the same beds with their children, including mothers sharing hospital beds with their newborns.

Thompson has filed a lawsuit on behalf of herself and her son, claiming the nurse was negligent for leaving her with the newborn unattended while she was under the influence of such strong pain medication. "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 Portland Adventist Medical Center said in a statement: "This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family".

The Thompsons struggled with infertility for 12 years before they became pregnant with Jacob in 2012 - prompting the parents to call him their miracle baby. When she woke and saw her baby unconscious, she reportedly had to run into the hallway to get help. We are reviewing the claims being made and we are unable to provide any additional information at this time'.

Never mind the unlikeliness of any hospital allowing a mother to breastfeed with narcotics in their system. She was given narcotic painkillers and sleep aids.

Jacob wasn't breathing and was placed on life support.

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