Making a Difference

I deeply treasure my encounters as an interpreter. A memorable experience was my call with a lady who wanted to keep her HIV positive status secret from the healthcare professionals.

This past winter, I was assigned to interpret for a patient who came to the hospital with complaints of flu-like symptoms. As the nurse was asking about her health history, she did not reveal any past health issues. The nurse walked away to go call the doctor in. I had a gut feeling that something was missing, that the patient was not telling the nurse her complete health history. I continued asking personal questions. Then, she opened to me and asked whether it was really necessary to tell everything to the doctor. I told her Yes and that it was crucial for her to tell everything about her health in order for the doctor to give her the best treatment. I was able to interpret the full story: she was pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. As a result, the nurses had to call a team of doctors into the room. To be a good interpreter, following a routine is not enough. We really have to tap into our compassion when dealing with the human issues we face on a daily basis. I walked away from the call with true appreciation for these opportunities to help others.

 

Sawadee Kha!

Hello! I am a Thai-English Interpreter, born and raised in Thailand. I am an alumni of Chulalongkorn University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. I have since honed my skills in a variety of settings, including medical, insurance, legal, and emergency settings, just to name a few. I have also been a tour guide for S.A. Travel Agency, where I guided tourists in Bangkok and Ayutthaya’s greatest sightseeing spots.

After 25 years of translating and over 20 years of interpreting, I continue to serve the Thai community through my language expertise. Among the services I have assisted with: applying for the Green Card, translating birth/academic/marriage certificates, and acting as the liaison between patient and doctor. I am an advocate for victims of domestic violence, workplace accidents, and traffic accidents.