Interpreters: Life/Death

We've really enjoyed sharing this public service announcement video by TAHIT (Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters and Translators), and many of you might have already seen it. If not, you are in for a very powerful message. Our new favorite newsletter for interpreters, Interprenaut, featured this video in last month's newsletter. Have a look at a situation when interpreters can make the difference between life and death. This is a great video to underline the vital importance of interpreters, especially in the healthcare sector.


Caroline Lakey said...

Hi Judy and Dagmar,
Thanks for posting this, it certainly is very powerful. I've interpreted in life or death situations on two occasions, and in a number of other cases of very serious illness and injury. "Liaison" is sometimes seen as the poor cousin to other interpreting disciplines. Hopefully this video will help people to understand just how important it can be!

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on November 7, 2011 at 3:08 PM said...

@Caroline: thanks for commenting, and we could not agree more. Healthcare interpreting is really one of the few interpreting disciplines where human lives can be saved through our work. We have a lot of respect for healthcare interpreters, and so should everyone else! Thanks for reading. :)

Stephanie on November 12, 2011 at 3:52 PM said...

Hi. This video had me near tears. I haven't been in that situation, but I have been a new and panicky mother. Thanks for driving home how important it is to have bona fide interpreters available. I will share this where I can.

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on November 13, 2011 at 4:20 PM said...

@Stephanie: you are very welcome! We are not moms, but we were crying anyway. Poor Mom and poor baby girl in this video (we know it's just a video, but sad nonetheless). Thanks for spreading the word.

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