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In California, Health Care is Often Lost for Lack of Translation
New America Media

When Khanh Trong Vu, 85, went to Summit Medical Center here with sharp abdominal pains three years ago, doctors and nurses there couldn’t understand what he was trying to tell them in his native Vietnamese. So in desperation he called a Vietnamese friend, Phuong Hang Phi Duong, to interpret for him.

A series of blood tests later, he was quickly wheeled into surgery to remove an inflamed appendix.

“I was luckily at home when he called,” noted Duong, whose timely arrival at the hospital Vu believed saved his life.