An Oregon woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in Oregon during early August 2017 against the hospital where she gave birth and a nurse who was involved with her care, alleging that their negligence led to the woman accidentally suffocating her newborn when she rolled over onto her newborn who had been placed in her hospital bed with her while she was medicated and was asleep. The Oregon medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit seeks damages for negligent infliction of emotional distress.
The healthy baby was born in the defendant hospital on August 2, 2012. On August 5, 2012, the baby was brought to the hospital nursery so that the mother could rest before her discharge, according to the mother’s Oregon medical malpractice lawsuit. She was given narcotic pain medications and sleep aids to help her with her pain and to help her sleep.
Around 3 a.m. on August 6, 2012, the defendant nurse brought the baby from the nursery to the mother’s bed so that the mother could breastfeed her baby. The defendant nurse then left the room and left the mother and baby unattended, according to the mother’s wrongful death lawsuit. About one hour after the nurse left the mother and child alone in the mother’s hospital room, the mother awoke, feeling drowsy and groggy, and noticed that her baby was unresponsive in her arms. She frantically tried to wake her son by unsuccessfully trying to stimulate his suckling reflex, by touching his eyes with no response, by poking him, and by talking to him. She rushed into the hallway, with her unresponsive son in her arms, yelling for help.
The child was placed on life support and transferred to another hospital, where the mother and father followed the doctors’ recommendation to end life support because their son had suffered severe and irreversible brain damage due to severe hypoxia. The newborn died on August 12, 2012, just ten days after being born.
After filing her Oregon medical malpractice lawsuit, the mother issued a statement in which she said, “Jacob was a true miracle baby. My firstborn and only son. I am sharing our story in the hopes that no mother or family will ever have to suffer through a preventable tragedy such as this.”
The mother’s Oregon medical malpractice lawyer stated, “A hospital doesn’t get to load a breastfeeding mother with narcotics and sleep aids, drop a newborn child on the same bed to breastfeed, and abandon them to their luck. It is senseless.”
The defendant hospital system issued its own statement: “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.”
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