OR mother sues hospital after newborn baby suffocates after breastfeeding


A mother in OR is suing Portland Adventist Medical Center for $8.6 million after she accidentally smothered her four-day-old baby in a hospital bed.

Now, five years later and the mother of a healthy toddler, Monica is seeking justice for herself - and for Jacob.

Around 3 a.m. on August 6, a provider, identified in the lawsuit as Nurse X, took the boy from the nursery to Thompson's room for breastfeeding.

Thompson says that an hour later, she was "still drowsy and groggy" and noticed that her son was unresponsive in her arms.

"She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond", her lawsuit claims. "She poked him and talked to him with no reaction", the documents say.

"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 Thompson family. Image credit: Facebook / Yahoo!"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", said Diego Conde, Thompson's attorney, according to CNN.

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The lawsuit also contends the hospital "directly caused her severe emotional distress, severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety and prolonged grief disorder".

Pictured Oregon woman, Monica Thompson's then newborn baby, Jacob prior to him passing away.

Now Thompson, 42, is suing Portland Adventist Medical Center for negligence and more. Unless of course, Thompson wasn't on the narcotics and sedatives she claimed she was or the hospital egregiously erred by allowing her to breastfeed under the influence in the first place?

Ms Thompson alleges nurses put Jacob in bed with her in the middle of the night to be fed.

Due to the extensive lack of oxygen the baby boy endured, he suffered significant brain damage, the Daily Mail reports.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of both Monica Thompson and baby Jacob also stated the newborn may have been subjected to substantial pain when his ribs were broken while CPR was being administered at the Portland Adventist Medical Center. "Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to all of our patients". He was born by Caesarean section on August 2, 2012, according to the suit. "We are reviewing the claims being made and we are unable to provide any additional information at this time".

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended against bed sharing, according to The Oregonian.

The lawsuit paints a disturbing picture of the mother trying to rouse her baby.