For most Illinois parents, having a child is a momentous and joyous occasion. It is also exhausting and sometimes medically challenging for the mother in the days following childbirth. One mother in a nearby state suffered a terrible tragedy after accidentally smothering her son in her hospital bed. She has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the medical facility, alleging that its negligence resulted in his death.
The birth of the woman's son was her first birthing experience. As many mothers require pain medication as they recover from the delivery, she was given narcotics. At some point during the night, a nurse placed her son in her arms for him to nurse. The nurse left the room, and the patient fell asleep as she tried to feed her son.
At some point she woke up and found her son unresponsive. She made a failed attempt to alert the nurse and stimulate her son awake. With no response from the nursing staff, the mother took her son into the unit hallway and screamed for help. A physician was able resuscitate her son, but the baby's ribs were broken in the process. Ten days after the baby's birth, he died in another specialized children's facility due to significant brain damage.
Understandably, losing a child is every parent's worst nightmare, and the tragedy the mother in this article suffered is unimaginable. Unfortunately, accidents and tragedies do occur on a regular basis, and many occur as a result of another party's negligence. When a wrongful death occurs under these circumstances, a lawsuit may be filed in civil court. Illinois attorneys can advise families of the best legal options for their specific case.
Source: huffingtonpost.com, "Mom Says Hospital's Negligence Made Her Accidentally Smother Newborn", David Lohr, Aug. 11, 2017