Jacob Thompson was born on Aug. 2, 2012. He was Monica and Graham Thompson’s first child.
As The Oregonian reported, Jacob was born via a cesarean section. His parents couldn’t have been happier to welcome him into the world. Sadly, the blissfulness that is becoming a parent lasted only four days before tragedy struck.
According to The Oregonian, four days after Jacob’s birth, Monica was still recovering from the C-section and, thus, taking pain medication such as Ambien and Vicodin to help ease the healing process.
Around 3:00 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2012, just a few hours after Monica had taken a dose of both medications, a nurse brought Jacob into his mother’s room so she could breastfeed him.
According to the lawsuit, the nurse placed Jacob into a “groggy” Monica’s arms and left, not returning until Monica entered the hallway screaming for help.
Roughly an hour later, after the nurse brought Jacob to Monica, the new mom — still drowsy from the medication — woke up to find her son unresponsive. Monica had fallen asleep with Jacob in her arms, accidentally smothering him as a result.
The Oregonian reported that the suit states:
“She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond … 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.”
Jacob was eventually transported to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Six days later, Monica and Graham were told that his comatose state was irreversible and made the decision to take him off life support.Facebook
At just 10 days old, Jacob died as a result of catastrophic brain damage.
Now, Monica and Graham are suing Portland Adventist Medical Center for $8.6 million in damages. As official documents show, Monica believes the hospital should be held responsible for leaving her unattended with her son, knowing she was under the influence of powerful medication.
According to The Oregonian:
The suit seeks damages for the baby’s “desperation and anxiety” as he was suffocated and his mother’s “severe emotional distress upon unintentionally killing her firstborn child.” The suit also seeks compensation for [Monica’s] counseling expenses for depression and post traumatic stress disorder.
A spokeswoman for Portland Adventist Medical Center refused to comment on the lawsuit or on the hospital’s policy when it comes to mothers sharing their beds with their newborn children.
According to the Journal of Perinatology, in 2014, 15 infant deaths and three near deaths were reported as a result of bed sharing while still in a maternity ward.
It’s important for moms who do wish to share a bed with their child, or who are encouraged to share a bed while in the hospital, to be educated on how to co-sleep safely.
Some of those steps include making sure the baby is protected from loose clothing and bedding and keeping your baby on their backs during sleep.