The decedent was a 23-year-old mother of two who presented to the emergency room of a large Los Angeles hospital. She was diagnosed with high blood sugar and treated in the emergency room. She died four hours later. Plaintiff claimed that his wife was misdiagnosed with routine diabetic high blood sugar when she actually had the more serious and life-threatening condition of diabetic ketoacidosis. It was claimed at trial that had the doctor recognized that the patient was in DKA more aggressive and timely treatment would have saved her life. A defense verdict was returned by the jury.