A new mother has filed an $8.6 million lawsuit against an OR hospital after she accidentally smothered her 4-day-old baby in a hospital bed.
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 grieving mother alleged that the hospital is at fault after nurses brought the baby into her room to breastfeed at around 3 a.m., after she was heavily medicated with Ambien and Vicodin.
"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", Conde was reported as saying.
An hour later, Thompson, "still drowsy and groggy", realised that her son, Jacob, was not moving.
"When no nurse came to help, Mrs. Thompson carried her son to the hallway and frantically yelled for help", states the lawsuit.
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.
Doctors determined that Jacob suffered "severe hypoxia" or oxygen deficiency, "and his brain was severely and permanently damaged". The parents terminated life support for their son six days later.
Jacob suffocated under his mother while she was under the influence of narcotic and sleep aids.
"This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family", the hospital said in a statement.
Pictured Monica Thompson's newborn baby son, Jacob Thompson prior to him dying after accidentally smothering him to death after passing out from breastfeeding while on sedatives. "My firstborn and only son".
According to her lawyer, she is accusing the staff of being negligent for not only giving her such strong medication when she was going to have to breast feed him, but also for leaving her alone with him while she was in such a drowsy state and not checking on them for a whole hour. What happened to us could've easily been prevented had the nurses been doing their job'. But Thompson said in a statement that "Jacob was a true miracle baby".
"I am Jacob's voice in making sure his life won't be in vain".
Help came and the boy was taken to emergency care. Baby Jacob died a week later when Monica and her husband, the newborn's father, Graham Thompson, made the decision to turn off his life support system. Experts say babies who share a bed with their parents are at risk because parents can roll on top of them, or the babies can get trapped in blankets and bedsheets.
Never mind the unlikeliness of any hospital allowing a mother to breastfeed with narcotics in their system.
"They are hoping this lawsuit gives them closure", says Conde.