The Washington Post: “From Rats to Heaters, Doctor-Lawyer Team Fights Barriers to Family Health Care”

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thirteen-year-old Haji Conteh had all the irritating symptoms of seasonal allergies when her father took her to see a pediatrician at a D.C. clinic last summer. But when the doctor questioned Haji and her father, she began to suspect there might be a cause other than pollen for the girl’s sneezing and itchy eyes: the rats and mold in the family’s Northwest Washington apartment. The pediatrician didn’t have the time or expertise to probe more deeply. But she did refer the family to a specialist– not another doctor, but a lawyer.

Read the full story in the The Washington Post with reporting by Lena Sun.