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.
The lawsuit, filed Friday, claims Portland Adventist Medical Center was negligent in medicating Thompson and leaving her unsupervised with her infant son, Jacob, for a session of late-night breastfeeding in her hospital bed, KATU reported.
Monica Thompson was medicated with Ambien and Vicodin a few hours before a nurse walked into Thompson's room, gave her the baby and left around 3 a.m. on August 6, 2012, according to the suit. The nurse "left the room and left the mother and son unattended", the suit alleges. She tried to wake him up while calling for a nurse for help.
Baby Jacob died after hospital workers put the baby in Monica Thompson's arms while she was under the influence of strong pain medications, reports The Oregonian.
Portland Adventist Medical Center spokeswoman Kristi Spurgeon Johnson said she could not comment on the lawsuit until the hospital reviews it. When the baby died, doctors determined that he suffered "severe hypoxia", as Jacob had gone without oxygen for too long, suffering severe and permanent brain damage. Six days later, he was removed from life support and sadly passed away when doctors advised his state was irreversible.
The suit - which has been filed on behalf of Jacob Thmopson - seeks damages for the baby's "desperation and anxiety" as he was suffocated and his mother's "severe emotional distress upon unintentionally killing her firstborn child".
Now Thompson, 42, is suing Portland Adventist Medical Center for negligence and more. "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". She also declined comment about the hospital's policies about newborns sharing beds with mothers.
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"She poked him and talked to him with no reaction", reads the lawsuit. What happened to us could've easily been prevented had the nurses been doing their job'.
"Jacob was a true miracle baby".
Jacob wasn't breathing and was placed on life support.
The lawsuit says Jacob was born via C-section and was a healthy baby boy with no conditions.
Told the lawyer, 'It has taken Monica and the family all this time to finally come to the conclusion that something went wrong, and they were not to blame'.
They are now the parents to a toddler daughter - but they still mourn the loss of Jacob. The newborn suffocated under his mother after she fell asleep while nursing him. "It is senseless", Diego Conde, the family attorney said.