A 21-year-old Golden Gate woman, who accidentally smothered her newborn child while the two slept in the same hospital bed, is suing Collier Boulevard Hospital for medical malpractice.
The lawsuit alleges the woman was exhausted and on painkillers after receiving a C-section less than 24 hours earlier. She was given the newborn baby to breastfeed, but dozed off. The infant died on Aug. 9, 2009, but the suit claims the mother didn’t find out the cause of the death until a June 3, 2010 autopsy report revealed that the cause of death was “asphyxia of newborn infant while sharing a bed with mother.”
The attorney for the mother claims that his client had asked nurses to pick up her infant after she had breastfed her, but the personnel at the hospital failed to act in a timely manner to come get the child. The lawsuit accuses the hospital, employees, and doctors of falling below the standard of care.
“Perfectly healthy babies born in hospitals ought not to die, and do not die, from suffocation in this day and age with appropriate care,” the attorney told the Naples News.
The wrongful death lawsuit seeks monetary damages for medical and funeral costs and pain and suffering. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) co-sleeping is the fifth leading cause of death for infants and newborns less than a year old in the United States.
Losing a child, under any circumstance, is a painful and heart-rending experience. If you believe that you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, you have the recourse to hold them liable for their actions. The Florida child wrongful death attorneys at Farah & Farah will treat your case with the tenacity and compassion it deserves. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555. We’re here to help.