Dr. Deborah Frank, pictured above examining one of her patients, has called on the hospital's lawyers to help her save children in need.
Kenya St. Fleur, in her mother's arms, and five siblings pose in their subsidized six-bedroom apartment — a vast change from their previous two-bedroom slum. Lawyers from the Family Advocacy Program helped save Kenya from malnutrition.
The number of poor children in America grew last year for the third year in a row — the fastest rate in a decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The increase is a bad sign for the state of children's health: studies show that poor children get sick far more often than better-off kids.
But doctors at a hospital in Boston have come up with a new way to tackle poor children's health problems and they're getting help from a group that they usually view as their enemy: lawyers.
As part of our series on low-wage America, NPR's Daniel Zwerdling reports on the Family Advocacy Program of Boston Medical Center.