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Newborn Smothered in Hospital Bed

Monica Thompson has filed suit and alleged that 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. The nurse placed Jacob next to Ms. Thompson in the bed and left. Approximately three hours earlier, Ms. Thompson, who had a Caesarean section, had been given narcotic painkillers and sleep aids.

An hour after Jacob was placed in her bed, Ms. Thompson noticed her son wasn’t responsive and called for a nurse. Ms. Thompson has alleged no nurse immediately came to help, so Ms. Thompson picked Jacob up and carried him into the hallway, where she found a nurse. Jacob wasn’t breathing and was placed on life support. Jacob, Ms. Thompson’s first child, ultimately died on August 12, 2012. He was 10-days old.

Ms. Thompson has filed suit and seeks more than $8 million for Jacob’s distress and Ms. Thompson’s emotional distress. The hospital has issued a statement and claims, “This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family. Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to all of our patients. We are reviewing the claims being made and we are unable to provide any additional information at this time.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises babies should never share a bed with parents. Further, no pillows, sheets, blankets or other items should be in a baby’s bed.

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.

Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.


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