A Father fights for guardianship of his son because he hasn't filed for Medicaid. Who is right?
By ALEXIS SHAW
A North Carolina father is embroiled in a legal battle with a hospital that wants to assume guardianship of his comatose son.
A hearing was held on Tuesday to determine who will make the medical
decisions for Freddie Lempe, 18, of Smithfield, N.C. The teenager has
been in a coma since a car accident on March 6, 2011.
Lempe was in the passenger seat of a car that spun out of control on
Highway 39 in Johnston County, N.C., throwing him out of the car. While
the driver walked away with only minor injuries, the accident left
Freddie with both brain and spinal cord trauma.
Now, WakeMed, the Raleigh hospital in which he has been receiving care
for over a year, has filed a suit in Wake County Courthouse to replace
Lempe's father as his legal guardian to ensure that the overwhelming
amount of paperwork is completed so that the teenager is eligible for
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