Young caregivers ‘exist in the shadows,’ offer crucial help

Ronan Kotiya, 11, right holds his father Rupesh Kotiya's ventilator tube as his mother works to clean his tracheotomy tube at their home in Plano, Texas, Sunday, April 10, 2022. Ronan helps care for his father who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease that requires a ventilator and around the clock care. Millions of Americans with serious health problems depend on children ages 18 and younger to provide some or all of their care at home. An exact number is hard to pin down, but researchers think millions of children are involved in caregiving in the U.S. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Young caregivers ‘exist in the shadows,’ offer crucial help