The lawsuit, filed Friday, claims Portland Adventist Medical Center was negligent in medicating Monica Thompson and leaving her unsupervised with her infant son, Jacob, for a session of late-night breastfeeding in her hospital bed, KATU reported.
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.
A mother is suing a hospital in OR after her newborn baby accidentally suffocated when he was left alone with her to be breastfed while she was still "groggy" after undergoing a caesarian section.
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. When the OR mom awoke about an hour later, she found her son still in her arms but unresponsive.
"She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond", the lawsuit states. "When no nurse came to help, [she] carried her son to the hallway and frantically yelled for help".
Jacob was not breathing; once he was stabilized, he was placed on life support and transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit at nearby Randall Children's Hospital.
In addition to accusing it of negligence, she is also suing the hospital on her son's behalf.
Ms Thompson alleges nurses put Jacob in bed with her in the middle of the night to be fed. When she touched his eyes, talked to him, and poked him, she did not get a response, according to the lawsuit against the hospital. "His pulse was weak or absent". He was the first child of Monica and Graham Thompson. "My firstborn and only son". Following tests doctors determined he had suffered severe brain damage due to a lack of oxygen to his body. What happened to us could've easily been prevented had the nurses been doing their job'.
The lawsuit also contends the hospital "directly caused her severe emotional distress, severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety and prolonged grief disorder".
The hospital has released a statement, as well, noting, "This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family". We are reviewing the claims being made and we are unable to provide any additional information at this time'. "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".style="text-align: center;"