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New mother sues hospital after suffocating baby

12 August 2017

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.

Monica Thompson, 42, says she was "still drowsy and groggy" from drugs given to her three days after her C-section when her tiny son Jacob was brought into her hospital room in the middle of the night to breastfeed in August 2012.

While the tragedy of Jacob's death can't be underscored, some commentators on the web wondered how it was even possible the mother was able to breastfeed while on narcotics in the first place, implying it was her own fault and not the medications that led to her smothering the boy.

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

"She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond".

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".

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The baby was transferred to Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland and put on life support. The doctors seeing to the baby determined he was both "severely and permanently" brain damaged. The parents pulled their son from life support when he was 10 days old.

"The hospital staff was totally irresponsible for giving the mother Vicodin AND Ambien at the same time", wrote one Daily Mail reader.

"This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family", Portland Adventist Medical Center said in a statement to CNN. "We are reviewing the claims being made and we are unable to provide any additional information at this time". "My firstborn and only son". When she touched his eyes, talked to him, and poked him, she did not get a response, according to the lawsuit against the hospital. What happened to us could've easily been prevented had the nurses been doing their job'. Thompson drifted off, and when she woke up, Jacob was unresponsive.

"I am Jacob's voice in making sure his life won't be in vain".

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 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. "But their biggest hope is that other hospitals don't do this and it can set clear policies for their nurses to avoid something as senseless as dropping off a child for breastfeeding to a mom loaded with narcotics and painkillers".

New mother sues hospital after suffocating baby