Sleeping Mother Suffocates Baby During Sleep, Sues Hospital $8.6 million


A mother recently smothered her own 4-day-old baby accidentally while sleeping in a hospital bed. She is now filed a $8.6 million lawsuit against the hospital.

Reports state that the mother, Monica Thompson, has blamed the Portland Adventist Medical Center for the incident. Thompson has blamed the hospital for putting her newborn, Jacob, in the same bed as her in the middle of the night so she could breastfeed him. However, at the time Thompson was unsupervised and heavily medicated with painkillers and drugs to aide her sleep.

According to reports, Thompson fell asleep and woke up to find that her baby was not breathing. The incident occurred on August, 6, 2012, according to the lawsuit filed by the mother last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Jacob, that night, suffered from a catastrophic brain damage and his parents removed him from life support six days later after the doctors told them that their baby’s comatose condition could not be reversed.

Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for the Portland Adventist Medical Center, Kristi Spurgeon Johnson, on Wednesday said that she could not comment on the lawsuit until the hospital has had a chance to review it. She also declined to comment on the hospital’s policy about newborns sharing beds with their mothers.

Monica Thompson was reportedly was administered with Ambien and Vicodin a few hours before the nurse walked to the mother’s room, have the baby to her and left around 3 a.m on August 6, 2012. The lawsuit said that after an hour, Thompson, who was “still drowsy and groggy” realised that her son was not breathing.

“She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond,” the suit states. “… 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.”

Source: Oregon Live