In regard to the letter to the editor “Relatives should have helped nurse,” from a nurse commenting on the article “Bethesda sued over interpreters for deaf,” I strongly disagree, because the writer does not understand deaf peoples’ cultural ways.
It is taboo to have deaf patients’ family members, including small hearing children, become “interpreters” at any hospital or emergency room, because the members would be too emotional to interpret what a doctor or nurse says or would be unable to do so. Some family members are not very skillful with sign language. Moreover, hearing foreign-language translators are widely different from sign-language interpreters.
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