NEW YORK—It was 3:30 p.m. on a Friday last April when Angela Clark and her husband, Jim, drove to a MedExpress Urgent Care clinic near their hometown in Bellefonte, Pa. Their blond, bubbly 3-year-old daughter, Raelynn, known for dressing head-to-toe in pink, had been drinking a lot of water and peeing almost uncontrollably.
The doctors tested her for a urinary tract infection, which came back negative. But the results showed that Raelynn had sugar in her urine.
So the Clarks drove quietly to Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pa.
“Raelynn kept asking us for a drink of water in the car,” Angela said. “We had no idea what diagnosis was in front of us.”
Upon arrival at the emergency room, Raelynn had to pee again, so the nurses collected a urine sample.
“Then, the dreaded news came in,” said Angela.