New mother who accidentally smothered baby sues Portland hospital for $8.6 mil

Oregon mother who mistakenly suffocated newborn sues hospital for $8.6 million

According to TIME, Portland Adventist Medical Center spokeswoman Kristi Spurgeon Johnson said she could not comment on the allegations or lawsuit until the hospital had reviewed to matter.

The lawsuit was filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Jacob suffered catastrophic brain damage, and his parents removed him from life support six days later after doctors told them that his comatose state was irreversible. The suit alleges a nurse at Portland (Ore.) Adventist Medical Center took Ms. Thompson's baby, Jacob, from the hospital's nursery to Ms. Thompson's room for breastfeeding around 3 a.m. on August 6, 2012.

According to court documents, Mrs Thompson woke up an hour after nurses had left the baby with her, finding him unresponsive in her arms. 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.

However, she fell asleep with her baby next to her and accidentally suffocated him.

Tragically, the Thompsons had spent 12 years struggling with infertility before having Jacob in 2012, so they referred to him as their "true miracle baby".

The suit seeks more than $8 million for the baby's distress, Thompson's emotional distress and counseling.

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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.

The lawyer, Diego Conde, called the death "senseless" and said in a statement that "a hospital doesn't get to load a breast-feeding mother with narcotics and sleep aids, drop a newborn child on the same bed to breast-feed, and abandon them to their luck".

She was medicated with Ambien and Vicoden following a caesarean birth on August 2, 2012, Oregon Live reports.

Monica Thompson told People in a written statement that Jacob was "my firstborn and only son".

The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that about 3,500 babies die each year in the United States due to unsafe sleep environments, such as strangulation or suffocation, or from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). "Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to all of our patients. 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".

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

They are now the parents to a toddler daughter - but they still mourn the loss of Jacob. Mom and baby were left unattended.

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