So far things at the hospital, the hotel, in restaurants and everywhere in between have been going very smoothly. Unfortunately, this isn’t due to the team’s Vietnamese skills or the effectiveness of our hand motions as we speak loudly hoping it will help us communicate. It’s all due to our fearless translators, Emma, Lien and Theo (pictures above). Without them, our team would be lost, literally. Emma (pictured center), was born in Vietnam and coincidentally Quang Ngai is the hometown of both her parents. Lien, (pictured left) a nurse herself, has been volunteering with Interplast for nearly ten years. Theo (pictured right) is a second generation translator for Interplast, his mother Dr. Nguyen Thi Hein is an anesthesiologist and Interplast’s partner in Vietnam. A finance student at the University of Technology, Sydney, he is giving up his summer break to volunteer with our team. All three are incredibly patient, efficient and extremely compassionate towards our patients. Emma, Lien, Theo, we couldn’t do this without you. Thank you!