Originally from Vietnam, Thuyle and her siblings were as she calls it, “boat people.” Her father was imprisoned in a concentration camp and her mother needed to stay behind; therefore, like thousands of other children in the late 1970s, Thuyle, at age 13, fled by boat with some of her siblings but with no adults to help them. For days, the unaccompanied children drifted lost at sea and did not have any food or water, but fortunately another boat came along, saved them and helped them to Malaysia where she and her siblings lived for six months until coming to the United States, joining an older brother.
Today, Thuyle is a nurse with Valley Medical Center in San Jose and has two children of her own. After eight years in the concentration camp, her father was released and her parents now live in Sacramento. It is amazing the hardships this beautiful woman has overcome and how she continues to give.
Here Thuyle explains to Bao-Ngoc’s mother how to give her child iron supplements so that she may be healthier next year.