US Mum To Sue Hospital After Newborn Suffocates

US Mum To Sue Hospital After Newborn Suffocates

US Mum To Sue Hospital After Newborn Suffocates

A new mother is suing a USA maternity hospital for $14 million after she rolled on her new baby and smothered him in her sleep.

Monica Thompson filed an $8.6 million lawsuit against Portland Adventist Medical Center, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported on Wednesday.

Thompson found her child not breathing when she woke up, the lawsuit states.

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

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

The suit highlights a grave area of concern in pediatrics: parents sleeping in the same beds with their children, including mothers sharing hospital beds with their newborns.

The lawsuit is alleging negligence on the part of the hospital for medicating Thompson, placing the newborn in her bed without supervision and not having clear policies or enforcement on the dangers associated with this. I am sharing our story in the hopes that no mother or family will ever have to suffer through a tragedy such as this.

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Her son had been born "healthy" by Cesarean section, according to the lawsuit. We are reviewing the claims being made and we are unable to provide any additional information at this time'.

"In court documents her laywer recounts the tragic accident explaining: "[The nurse] put Jacob next to his mother in her bed so that she could breastfeed him.

Nevertheless it did release a statement with people saying, 'Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to all of our patients. More and more, hospitals are being encouraged to promote mother-baby bonding, skin-to-skin contact, early breastfeeding, etc. Unless of course, Thompson wasn't on the narcotics and sedatives she claimed she was or the hospital egregiously erred by allowing her to breastfeed under the influence in the first place?

The family's lawyer, Diego Conde, explained to People that it took several years for the couple to file the lawsuit, because they needed the time to recover emotionally.

Help came and the boy was taken to emergency care.

They are now the parents to a toddler daughter - but they still mourn the loss of Jacob.

The suit states that Jacob was stabilized and transferred to Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he died when he was 10 days old on August 12, 2012, after he was taken off life support.

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