Monica Thompson

Mom accidentally smothers newborn son while heavily medicated, sues hospital for negligence

An Oregon woman is suing the hospital where she gave birth to her first child after medical staff allegedly drugged her up and brought her newborn son to her for a breastfeeding while she was extremely groggy.

Oregon Live reports that Monica Thompson, 42, gave birth to her son Jacob in on Aug. 2, 2012 at the Portland Adventist Medical Center. On Aug. 4, while still in the hospital, Thompson rolled over on Jacob, smothering him to death. She’s now suing the hospital for $8.8 million.

Doctors said baby Jacob suffered a catastrophic brain injury from lack of oxygen. Six days later, after doctors told Thompson and her husband that the condition was irreversible, they took their son off of life support.

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“Jacob suffocated under his mother while she was under the influence of narcotics and sleep aids,” the lawsuit claimed. “His inability to breath caused him desperation and anxiety. His breathing eventually stopped.  His pulse was weak or absent.”

The grieving mother alleged that the hospital is at fault after nurses brought the baby into her room to breastfeed at around 3 a.m., after she was heavily medicated with Ambien and Vicodin. According to the lawsuit, Thompson claimed she was “still drowsy and groggy” when nurses brought the infant to her hospital room. When she woke and saw her baby unconscious, she reportedly had to run into the hallway to get help.

“She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond… She poked him and talked to him with no reaction. When no nurse came to help, Mrs. Thompson carried her son to the hallway and frantically yelled for help.”

Further, a doctor allegedly broke one of the little boy’s ribs while attempting to perform CPR.

Thompson is seeking compensation for “desperation and anxiety” and “severe emotional distress upon unintentionally killing her firstborn child.”

A spokesperson for the hospital said they cannot comment on an ongoing lawsuit.

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