OR mom sues hospital after smothering baby son

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

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.

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. She claims the hospital is at fault for her child's death because the newborn was put in bed with her at night to breastfeed while she was unsupervised and medicated with pain and sleep aids.

An hour later, Thompson, who was still "drowsy and groggy," realized that her baby boy, Jacob, was not moving.

According to court documents, Thompson's attorney maintained she was given a combination of sleeping aids and painkillers to allow her to get some sleep three days after she gave birth to baby Jacob.

"She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond", the lawsuit states.

Her lawsuit also alleges that doctors broke Jacob's ribs while performing CPR on him causing him "substantial pain". 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. When doctors there determined he'd suffered catastrophic brain damage and would not regain consciousness, he was removed from life support, according to Conde. The suit also seeks compensation for Monica Thompson's counseling expenses for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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The family is now seeking $US8 million in damages from the Portland Adventist Medical Center over Jacob's death, described by Ms Thompson's lawyer Diego Conde as "senseless".

"For years the thought of "I killed my baby" couldn't escape her, it's only natural", he says. Jacob, who was Monica's first child, died on August 12, 2012.

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". "My firstborn and only son". She said they were unable to provide any additional information at the time. "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", the Thompson family said in a statement.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has previously recommended infants should not sleep in the same bed with parents, due to the risk the child could be smothered under an adult's shifting weight.

The American Academy of Pediatrics said it can not make recommendations on "in-bed sleepers" until further research is available.

An hour later she awoke to find the baby unresponsive. [They] left the room and left mother and son unattended, ' it claims.

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