The value of communicationBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7397.1026 (Published 10 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1026
- Yvonne Ou, senior medical officer in paediatrics
- Tuen Mun Hospital, Hong Kong
I expect she is back in Vietnam now. I often think about her and her family.
She was a pleasant child, with limited Cantonese picked up from her many years spent in a detention camp in Hong Kong. She had had a relapse of her nephrotic syndrome and had stayed with us a while until diuresis occurred, as the camps were not suitable for someone receiving high dose corticosteroids. She also had a history of asthma, which was quiescent at the time.
We got on well, despite the language barrier. I guess one doesn't need many words during play. I explained her condition to her softly spoken mother through an interpreter. I learnt …