Lack of Interpreting Services Kills!

Medical interpreting is a right not a privilege.

LOS ANGELES — A young Korean woman died late last year while receiving treatment for cancer at a Los Angeles County public hospital, leaving behind a husband and two children. Family and friends of the woman say her death could have been prevented had the hospital provided adequate interpreter services.

The young woman known as Ms. Kim, 36, had been undergoing chemotherapy for stomach cancer before she died. Her family says that they made several requests for an interpreter during those treatments, but hospital staff said that no one was available. Her family also said that on another occasion, Kim had scheduled an appointment to see her doctor, but waited all morning for a Korean-language interpreter. When no one arrived, Kim left the hospital without seeing her doctor.

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