$7 million settlement for failure to provide glucose to a boy with a mitochondrial disorder

Because of Chuck Hehmeyer’s national reputation as an advocate for children with rare diseases, an Arizona family asked Chuck to investigate why their baby suffered brain damage at an emergency room. Chuck learned that the child had a previously undiagnosed mitochondrial disorder. The ER should have performed a glucose check when the child arrived unresponsive, but the ER staff failed to do so. This delay in providing glucose resulted in the boy suffering brain damage.