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

  • OR mother who mistakenly suffocated newborn sues hospital for $8.6 million

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

'[The nurse] put Jacob next to his mother in her bed so that she could breastfeed him.

Adding, '... She poked him and talked to him with no reaction.

The suit was filed by Lake Oswego attorney Diego Conde on behalf of Thompson and her son's estate, The Oregonian reported.

She was medicated with Ambien and Vicodin a few hours before a nurse walked into the room, gave her the baby and left, according to the suit.

"About an hour later, still drowsy and groggy, Mrs. Thompson noticed her son was unresponsive in her arms", the lawsuit states. She tried to wake him up while calling for a nurse for help.

Thompson gave birth to her son, Jacob, on August 2, 2012 via cesarean section. A nurse saw her and called a Code Blue because Jacob was not breathing.

Jacob was placed on life support and was pronounced dead at ten days old.

When Jacob was stabilized he was transported to Legacy Randall Children Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for critical care. Unfortunately, Jacob passed away six days later.

Doctors said baby Jacob suffered a catastrophic brain injury from lack of oxygen.

She is asking for an additional $100,000 to pay for medical and counselling expenses.

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".

Three days later, while she was still recovering from the procedure and being treated with strong pain medication, nurses brought the boy in to her bed in the middle of the night to be breastfed.

Her son had been born "healthy" by Cesarean section, according to the lawsuit.

Thompson has accused staff of negligence for giving the baby to her to breastfeed when she was under the influence of such strong pain medication and for also leaving her alone with him when she was in such a drowsy state. "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.

Portland Adventist Medical Center spokeswoman Kristi Spurgeon Johnson said she could not comment on the lawsuit until the hospital reviews it. "Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to all of our patients".

SIDS and Kids Australia recommend that babies should sleep in their own safe sleeping environment next to a parent's bed for the first 6-12 months of life, to help prevent infant deaths.

Doctors say newborns who share a bed with their parents are at risk of dying because parents can roll on top of them, or the babies can get trapped in blankets or sheets.

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