A Smithfield father fighting a Raleigh hospital to keep legal guardianship of his son has been able to secure Medicaid benefits to cover the teen's treatment for a traumatic brain injury.
Freddie Lempe, 18, has been in a coma at WakeMed since a car wreck in March 2011.
His father, Fred Lempe, says Medicaid coverage for his son was dropped in December when he turned 18.
The hospital has said that the teen was denied coverage because his father failed to file the paperwork.
It wants the court to appoint a guardian for Freddie who would be legally authorized to make all medical decisions.
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