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

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

When she touched his eyes, talked to him, and poked him, she did not get a response, according to the lawsuit against the hospital. Tragically, he didn't live past day 10.

In a lawsuit filed last week, Monica Thompson said a nurse brought her son Jacob to her hospital bed at Portland Adventist Medical Center to breastfeed in the early hours of August 6, 2012.

A new mother has filed an $8.6 million lawsuit against an OR hospital after she accidentally smothered her 4-day-old baby in a hospital bed.

About an hour later, the breastfeeding mother was 'still drowsy and groggy' when she realized her son had stopped moving.

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"She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond", the suit states. However, at the time, Thompson says she was under "a combination" of "narcotic painkillers and sleep aids", and she blames the hospital for the loss of her precious son.

Jacob suffered severe brain damage and was placed on life support, according to the lawsuit.

"This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family", Portland Adventist Medical Center tells PEOPLE in a statement. Adventist Health has also shared this message, noting bed-sharing is linked with sleep-related deaths in babies in an advisory earlier this year.

Thompson is now suing the hospital for $8.6 million.

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Earlier that night she had been given "narcotic painkillers and sleep aids" by nurses at the Portland Adventist Medical Center in the state of OR, her lawsuit states.

"The hospital staff was totally irresponsible for giving the mother Vicodin AND Ambien at the same time", wrote one Daily Mail reader. "What happened to us could have easily been prevented had the nurses been doing their job".

"They are hoping this lawsuit gives them closure", Diego Conde, the family's attorney, told People. He was put on life support and transferred to Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Portland Adventist Medical Center issued a short statement to People, saying that it is "reviewing the claim" and could not provide any additional comments.

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The lawsuit, which further alleges negligence on the part of the hospital for not having clear policies on the matter, seeks damages for the baby's "desperation and anxiety" while he was suffocated and for his mother's "severe emotional distress upon unintentionally killing her firstborn child". 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?


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