A woman is suing a hospital after she accidentally smothered her newborn baby while she says she was high on hospital-provided sedatives.
A heartbroken mom in Oregon is suing a hospital for $8 million after she accidentally smothered her child as she slept, claiming she was left alone with the newborn while on sedatives and had to scream for nurses in the hallway for help. Monica Thompson gave birth to baby Jacob back in the summer of 2012 after undergoing a Caesarean section at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, a few days later, tragedy struck.
It all started when a nurse took the newborn infant to Thompson for some breast feeding, and the nurse placed the child next to her in the hospital bed. Thompson came to the realization that Jacob wasn’t moving about an hour later, according to the lawsuit obtained by the Washington Post.
According to the suit, Thompson desperately tried to revive her four-day-old son, and called for nurses to help, but none came. She took her son to the hallway and began screaming for help, finally catching the attention of a nurse. Jacob was placed on life support, but died six days later. As a result, Thompson is seeking $8 million from the hospital, claiming a lack of help from the nursing staff and the fact that her newborn was simply left with her while she was on heavy sedatives.