Brooklyn 6-Month-Old Amaan Ahmmad Who Died After Antibiotic Overdose Laid To Rest

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn family bid a final farewell Thursday to their baby boy who died after receiving an adult dose of medication.

Ummay Sultana and Amain Ahmmad said their 6-month-old son Amaan Ahmmad got the adult dose of antibiotics when being treated for pneumonia at at Brookdale University Hospital last Friday.

It was roughly six times what he was supposed to receive. Sultana noticed immediately that her son was having trouble breathing.

“I’m like ‘Look, look my baby’s dying, my baby’s dying,’ and then nurse came over and said ‘No, you’re baby’s pretty good. He’s sleeping’,” she said.

Amaan soon went into cardiac arrest and was declared brain dead later. Earlier Wednesday afternoon, the New York City Medical Examiner ruled his death an accident.

The ME said the death was the result of complications following administration of an adult dose of of the antibiotic azithromycin, which is commercially known as Zithromax.

Hospital records showed baby Amaan was brought to the ER “alert and responsive.” With the exception of a fever, which was reportedly around 100, the nursing staff did not list any other visible symptoms.

An examination led to a diagnosis of clinical pneumonia. Amaan was transferred to the pediatric unit and given a dose of the azithromycin through an IV drip in his right arm.

According to the nursing notes, at least 36 minutes passed before the hospital staff realized something was wrong.

CBS 2’s Jay Dow spoke with the parents Wednesday and asked the boy’s father who he blames for his son’s death.

“Hospital management, doctor, nurse – of emergency,” he replied.

“I’m like ‘Look, look my baby’s dying! My baby’s dying!’ And then nurse came over and said ‘No, you’re baby’s pretty good. He’s sleeping,’” Sultana told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

A copy of the hospital’s discharge summary states the child was given “Azithromycin (500mg), in error” — which led to “cardiac shock.”

Family pediatrician Dr. Suzanne Loiselle said that dosage is more typical for an adult, not a 17-pound baby like Amaan.

“Nobody can feel worse for the family than the doctors and nurses that were involved in this child’s care,” Loiselle said. “About 80 milligrams would be appropriate for a child roughly in his weight class.”

Less than 24 hours after the overdose, Ummay and Amain were told their son was brain dead. Amaan was taken off a respirator on Monday.

“They told us there is no hope because his head is totally collapsed,” his father told Hennessey.

Brookdale Hospital would not answer questions from 1010 WINS or CBS 2, saying only: “We are investigating the circumstances of this tragic incident and express our condolences to the Ahmmad family.”

“I never think like that he pass away forever,” Sultana said. “I thought he’s gonna come back.”

The two first-time parents said they are both devastated and outraged over a fatal medical mistake that cut short their baby’s life just as it was getting started.

Please leave a comment below…

  • Zev Stern

    Why was the death ruled an accident and not a homicide? Homicide means simply that the death was caused by another person; it does not imply that a crime was committed. Clearly, this death was caused by another or others – the person or persons who administered a lethal dose of medicine.

  • Beverly

    Was the MD fired, too?

  • Laurie Love

    Only a cold, cruel, mean-hearted person with no conscience would say such a thing, especially about an infant. Terrorists are cold, cruel, and mean-hearted people, and you are no better than them.

  • Bay State Rock Carmelita

    The racist comments on here make me ashamed to be an American. A beautiful baby is dead and this is the way adults act? I am sickened by your ignorance, and feel pity for your rage and hateful suffering. There is no grief worse than the loss of a child. Deepest condolences to the family of this beautiful baby. May they comfort in knowing they do not grieve alone.

  • Keven Style

    You the guy who produces the Terrorist by writing something like a terrorist producer.

  • nygrump

    Your represent the satanic elite who are destroying our country. Pure evil. Pure hate. To say such a thing about an infant, are you even human?

    • Salty

      agree! @ kevin, do the world a favor and hang yourself. one less idiot in the world.

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