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OR mother who mistakenly suffocated newborn sues hospital for $8.6 million

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". She poked him and talked to him with no reaction".

Thompson gave birth to her son, Jacob, on August 2, 2012 via cesarean section.

Thompson dozed off, then awoke to find that Jacob wasn't breathing on August 6, 2012, according to the lawsuit filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Thompson is suing Adventist Medical Center for negligence, which the lawsuit alleges caused Jacob pain and suffering. On Aug. 4, while still in the hospital, Thompson rolled over on Jacob, smothering him to death. The lawsuit says no nurse immediately came to help; so, Thompson carried her son into the hallway, where she got the attention of a nurse.

A nurse then called a Code Blue.

The baby was stabilized and taken to a children's hospital and was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Now, five years later and the mother of a healthy toddler, Monica is seeking justice for herself - and for Jacob. When she woke up, he was unresponsive, the suit claims.

Just three days after Jacob Thompson was born, he suffocated and was left with severe, permanent brain damage.

A USA mother who accidentally smothered her newborn son as she slept is suing the hospital where his death occurred for $8.6m (£6.6m). She is asking for a jury trial.

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The lawsuit seeks damages for the baby's "desperation and anxiety" as he suffocated and for Thompson's "severe emotional distress upon unintentionally killing her firstborn child".

The suit also seeks compensation for Monica Thompson's counseling expenses for depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A spokesperson for the hospital said they can not comment on an ongoing lawsuit. "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 Thompson family said in a statement.

Portland Adventist Medical Center spokeswoman Kristi Spurgeon Johnson called the situation "tragic" and added that their thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Thompsons.

"Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to all of our patients", she said in a statement. She said they were unable to provide any additional information at the time.

Due to the extensive lack of oxygen the baby boy endured, he suffered significant brain damage, the Daily Mail reports.

Doctors say newborns who share a bed with their parents are at risk of dying because parents can roll on top of them, or the babies can get trapped in blankets or sheets.

SIDS and Kids Australia recommend that babies should sleep in their own safe sleeping environment next to a parent's bed for the first 6-12 months of life, to help prevent infant deaths.

OR mother who mistakenly suffocated newborn sues hospital for $8.6 million