06/14/2016 04:18 EDT | Updated 06/14/2016 04:59 EDT

Alex Radita's Mom Told Doctor 'She And God' Would Prove Diabetic Diagnosis Wrong

Her son died of untreated diabetes and starvation.


CALGARY — The pediatrician that initially dealt with a starved, diabetic teen 13 years before his death says the boy's mother believed her son was misdiagnosed.

Emil Radita, who is 59, and his wife Rodica Radita, who is 53, are charged with first-degree murder in the 2013 death of their 15-year-old son.

Alexandru Radita, who was one of eight children, weighed less than 37 pounds and died of complications due to untreated diabetes and starvation.

Dr. Robert White was called to examine the boy at Surrey General Hospital in December, 2000 after the emergency room physician suspected he had diabetes.

He said Rodica Radita was convinced the doctor had made a mistake in the diagnosis and raised the issue several times before Alexandru was transferred to the BC Children's Hospital.

White said she also approached him before leaving the Surrey hospital and told him "she and God were going to prove us wrong.''

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