The Hospital


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Storyboard Description

From the books "The Glass Castle" and "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" I chose the two main characters, Jeannette and Lia. They both have made visits to the hospital and I decided to use both of their example incorporated into my comic. As you can see, Jeannette was helped right away with no static from the doctors or nurses. They treated her as a "special patient" because she was American, spoke English, and was white. For Lia however, they gave her a hard time and was not able to be seen. They didn't see her due to language barriers. They couldn't understand what Lia's parents were saying so they decided it was best if they left. While Jeannette was getting the best treatment, Lia was sadly unable to get help. I made these 2 connections to show that language in the medical field can make a huge impact on a patient. While other people are getting help due to the same race and language, some aren't seen because of the exact opposite.

Storyboard Text

  • Yes sir, we'll be with you right away. Follow me.
  • My daughter Jeannette has a severe burn, after playing with fire. She needs to be seen right away.
  • Oh my sweetie! You are going to have the BEST care here!
  • (In Hmong)Our daughter has been having seizures. We need help. 
  • I'm sorry I do not understand, I'm going to ask you to leave.
  • It's very rude for to try and come ask for help in another language.
  • (In Hmong) What about the other girl you just let in?
  • Meanwhile....
  • Don't you worry one bit, we are going to make you feel better. You are one of our special patients. 
  • (In Hmong) What are we going to do about Lia? 
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