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Parents say baby died in hospital after overdose

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Parents say what started out as a visit to an emergency room, ended with their son in a coma and days later, dead.

Last Friday, 6-month old Amaan Ahmmad was taken to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center by his mother and reportedly diagnosed with early symptoms of pneumonia.

The family says the baby was given an iv drip and administered the antibiotic azithromycin and almost immediately had a negative reaction.

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"Right away I see his eyes turn blue and his lips were blue," said the boy's mother Ummay Sultana.

Soon after the baby lapsed into a coma, and was placed on life support until Tuesday.

The family now says Amaan died of an overdose of the antibiotic.

And a hospital discharge summary appears to support that claim, acknowledging 500 mg of the azithrromycin was given in error.

His parents say it should have been 80.

"They have no professionalism&my baby's only 6 months old," said the father.

In a statement, Brookdale Hospital would only say "We are investigating the circumstances of this tragic incident and express our condolences to the Ahmmad family."

But the grieving parents are demanding answers now.

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