Treating patients is hard work, but even more so when dealing with disabled children. Whether congenital or acquired through injuries, a disability requires specialized care and closer medical attention than most other patient cases. Furthermore, while some disabilities can be rehabilitated over time, others–such as mental impairments–remain for life.
Child disabilities are not a rarity in the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are about 2.8 million school-age kids with disabilities. As expected, caring for a disabled child can be financially taxing. Advocacy group, Autism Speaks, reports that the cost of caring for a person with autism is around $2.3 million over the course of a lifetime–a huge burden for parents and other family members.