A toddler died in a New York City hospital after what was to be a routine circumcision.
The boy, Jamaal Coleson Jr, went to Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan on Tuesday for a circumcision. The boy was supposed to have the simple surgical procedure that required a local anesthetic, but for an unknown reason, he received general anesthesia and that is what doctors believe may have killed him.
Jamaal would have been two years old next month. Now his grieving family is searching for answers.
Jamaal’s uncle Jabbar Coleson, 23, said his nephew died on Tuesday about ten hours after he went in to have the circumcision performed, according to the New York Post, since the boy’s parents – Taleah Echezerriam and Jamaal Coleson – were too devastated to speak.
Mr. Coleson told the New York Post that his nephew Jamaal is said to have ‘woken up and called for his mother and then went critical’. The toddler never regained consciousness and was declared dead at 8:35pm.
Mr. Coleson says the family cannot understand what went wrong:
I want to know what happened. He was so sweet and energetic and so happy, a very happy child. I am very upset and I am glad I am a couple of hundred miles away. I have time to calm down and say my prayers.’
Beth Israel released the following statement:
We extend heartfelt condolences to the family of the young patient in question. This is a devastating event for his family as well as for the staff at Beth Israel who tried to save his life.We immediately notified the Medical Examiner’s Office and requested that they accept this case for further review, which they have. We also are in the process of reporting this case as an unexpected death to the NYS Department of Health.
An autopsy was conducted yesterday and the cause of death has not yet been determined.
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