Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Spanish Save Lives

Norma Torres never realized how valuable her bilingual skills were. Now she does. A native of Mexico who came to the US with her family when she was four years old, Torres was educated in English. Now she works as an interpreter in Athens-Limestone Hospital in Alabama helping patients, doctors, and other healthcare workers communicate. Some other hospitals use “Language Line,” a telephone system employing interpreters fluent in 150 languages to better people who cannot speak English. Having a person in the hospital is of course much more effective.

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