A sleeping mom suffocated her baby in a maternity ward. Now she’s suing a hospital.


Jacob Thompson. (Thompson family/Diego Conde)

Monica Thompson had given birth to her initial child, a baby boy, and was roughly prepared to take him home from a hospital.


It was nearly midnight one Sunday in a summer of 2012 when Thompson, who had undergone a Caesarean territory a few days earlier, was given a cocktail of analgesic painkillers and nap aids.

A helper took a baby to his mom for breast-feeding and put the child subsequent to her in her sanatorium bed during Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore.

An hour later, Thompson, “still indolent and groggy,” satisfied that her son, Jacob, was not moving.

The unfortunate comment comes from a lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court in which Thompson’s attorneys report how she attempted to arise her nonchalant child, who had been innate just four days earlier:

She called for a helper while she attempted on her possess to assistance him.

She overwhelmed his eyes.

She poked his little body.

She talked to him, to try to get him to arise up.

“When no helper came to help, Mrs. Thompson carried her son to a corridor and frantically yelled for help,” according to a lawsuit. “A helper beheld a situation, examined Jacob and called a Code Blue.”

Jacob was not breathing; once he was stabilized, he was placed on life support and eliminated to a neonatal complete caring section during circuitously Randall Children’s Hospital.

Six days later, he died.

Thompson “unintentionally suffocated her baby boy, causing him serious and permanent mind damage,” according to a lawsuit. Doctors dynamic that her baby had left yet oxygen too long, pang serious and permanent mind damage.

Thompson is suing Adventist Medical Center for negligence, that a lawsuit alleges caused Jacob pain and suffering.

The lawsuit, that seeks some-more than $8 million, states that a occurrence also caused Thompson romantic distress.

Thompson now has a daughter, her profession said. But Thompson said in a matter that “Jacob was a loyal spectacle baby. My firstborn and usually son. we am pity a story in a hopes that no mom or family will ever have to humour by a preventable tragedy such as this.”

The lawyer, Diego Conde, called a genocide “senseless” and pronounced in a matter that “a sanatorium doesn’t get to bucket a breast-feeding mom with narcotics and nap aids, dump a baby child on a same bed to breast-feed, and desert them to their luck.”

Portland Adventist Medical Center mouthpiece Kristi Spurgeon Johnson called it a “tragic situation” and pronounced that “our thoughts and prayers continue to be with a family.”

“Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, merciful caring to all of a patients,” she pronounced in a statement. “We are reviewing a claims being done and we are incompetent to yield any additional information during this time.”

About 3,500 babies die any year in a United States since of “unsafe nap environments,” such as suffocation or strangulation; some die of remarkable tot genocide syndrome (SIDS), according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Experts contend babies who share a bed with their relatives are during risk since relatives can hurl on tip of them, or a babies can get trapped in blankets and bedsheets.

In a 2016 report, the pediatric organisation remarkable that justification shows skin-to-skin caring (SSC) and “rooming-in” helps foster breast-feeding and mother-child bonding — yet pronounced a practices might also “pose reserve concerns, quite with courtesy to sleep. There have been several new box reports and box array of serious and remarkable astonishing postnatal tumble in a neonatal duration among differently healthy newborns and nearby deadly or deadly events associated to sleep, suffocation, and falls from adult sanatorium beds.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Mothers will be naturally tired and potentially sleep-deprived or might nap in brief bursts. They might also be incompetent to adjust their position or ambulate safely while carrying a newborn. The postpartum duration provides singular hurdles per falls/drops and is understudied compared with falls in a neurologically marred or aged patient. Checklists and scoring collection might be suitable and have a intensity to diminution these inauspicious events, quite if geared to a singular needs of a postpartum period, such as short-term incapacity from insensibility or pain, sleepiness or dawdling associated to pregnancy and delivery, and effects from medication.

Even yet mothers and family members might be prepared about a deterrence of bed-sharing, descending defunct while breast-feeding or holding a baby during SSC is common. Staff can teach support persons and/or be immediately accessible to safely place newborns on a tighten yet apart nap aspect when mothers tumble asleep. Mothers might be reassured that they or their support persons can safely yield SSC and that staff will be accessible to support with a transition to a protected nap aspect as needed. Mothers who have had cesarean deliveries are quite during risk since of singular mobility and effects of anesthesia and aver closer monitoring.

The American Academy of Pediatrics said it can't make recommendations on “in-bed sleepers” until further research is available.

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