How A Dental Clinic Is Filling A Void For Those With Special Needs

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[Source:  Chicago Tribune]

In a sunlit room down a white hallway in St. Bernard Hospital on Chicago’s South Side, Francine and Rodney Mitchell are waiting.

Their teenage son, Andy, lies on an operating table not far away, asleep amid the beeps of monitors, the hiss and thump of an oxygen machine, and the unmistakable, high-pitched whir of a dental drill. Andy has intellectual and physical disabilities, is not easily able to communicate or control his own body, and though he has survived and even thrived under the care of two dedicated parents, routine dental care has been difficult to obtain.

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