A sleeping mom who suffocated her baby is now suing the hospital for negligence.
The Washington Post reports that in the summer of 2012, Monica Thompson gave birth to her baby boy at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. She had a Caesarean section and was given narcotic painkillers and sleep aids to help her rest and recover. A few days after she gave birth, a nurse left Thompson's son, Jacob, with her for breast-feeding and an hour later, “still drowsy and groggy,” she realized that her son was not moving.
She was unable to wake him, and according to the lawsuit, Thompson called the nurses and nobody came to help. She them frantically called for help and a nurse finally noticed her when she wondered into the hall. The nurse called a Code Blue, and Jacob was placed on life support. He died six days later.
The lawsuit alleges that Thompson “unintentionally suffocated her baby boy, causing him severe and permanent brain damage."
Now, she's suing the hospital for negligence, which the lawsuit says caused Thompson pain and suffering. She is seeking $8 million dollars in damages.
In a statement, her lawyer, Diego Conde, said 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.”
In a statement from the hospital, spokeswoman Kristi Spurgeon Johnson said,“our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family.”
“Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to all of our patients,” she continued. “We are reviewing the claims being made and we are unable to provide any additional information at this time.”
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