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.