Written by Dori and Barbara Shimoda
It was 2 am Wednesday morning (February 6th). Still groggy from the general anesthesia, Kayeng arrived at his hospital room. The next few hours were taxing for Kayeng, Papa Vakoung and Thongchanh. They had already been up since 4 am Tuesday morning. While not family, Thongchanh stayed in the room to translate for Vakoung. He translated from Thai to Lao. Vakoung, in turn, translated from Lao to Hmong to Kayeng.