US Mum To Sue Hospital After Newborn Suffocates

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

"She poked him and talked to him with no reaction", reads the lawsuit.

She cited negligence in causing "foreseeable harm" to her son Jacob Daniel Thompson and "negligent infliction of emotional distress" to her over the child's death on August 12, 2012.

In the $8.6 million lawsuit filed last Friday and obtained by PEOPLE, Monica Thompson alleges that a nurse employed at Portland Adventist Medical Center transferred her 4-day-old son Jacob from a nursery to her bed so that she could breastfeed him on August 2, 2012. When the OR mom awoke about an hour later, she found her son still in her arms but unresponsive.

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

An hour later, Thompson noticed her son wasn't responsive and called for a nurse. "When no nurse came to help, [she] carried her son to the hallway and frantically yelled for help".

The baby suffered brain damage, and had to be taken off life support at 10 days old after doctors diagnosed that he would not improve from his comatose state.

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". He was the first child of Monica and Graham Thompson. The spokesperson also did not comment about the hospital's policy on newborns and bed sharing.

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"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. What happened to us could have easily been prevented had the nurses been doing their job".

Told the lawyer, 'It has taken Monica and the family all this time to finally come to the conclusion that something went wrong, and they were not to blame'.

Jacob wasn't breathing and was placed on life support. On Aug. 4, while still in the hospital, Thompson rolled over on Jacob, smothering him to death. In her legal filing, Thompson said the hospital was negligent for giving her the baby to breastfeed while she was taking such strong pain medications and also for leaving them alone while she was in such a groggy condition, Oregon Live reports.

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Portland Adventist Medical Center issued a short statement to People, saying that it is "reviewing the claim" and could not provide any additional comments.

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". She was given narcotic painkillers and sleep aids.

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