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A child was enlisted by his mother to translate a doctorsí prescription for medication for her prolapsed uterus, despite not knowing what a uterus was. His further mistranslation caused his mother to overdose on the drugs and experience severe dizziness. California is now seeking measures to avoid future medical misdemeanours such as this by banning immigrant families from using children as interpreters. Hospitals and medical clinics have access to telephone and videoconference translation services, but are concerned about the cost of employing full time interpreters.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Miami Herald
About: Medical interpreters not to be children
Date: 2 November 2005
Source: The Miami Herald
Author: Garance Burke
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