Ellen Thielman signs with interpreter Kylia Kirkpatrick while she pets Benjamin III, a 9-month-old yellow Labrador puppy being trained as an assistance dog at the Northwest regional training center and headquarters of Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Thielman is frustrated by the lack of adequate interpreter services during her two recent hospital stays at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. None of her medical providers was fluent in sign language.
Ellen Thielman signs with interpreter Kylia Kirkpatrick while she pets Benjamin III, a 9-month-old yellow Labrador puppy being trained as an assistance dog at the Northwest regional training center and headquarters of Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Thielman is frustrated by the lack of adequate interpreter services during her two recent hospital stays at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. None of her medical providers was fluent in sign language. Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
Ellen Thielman signs with interpreter Kylia Kirkpatrick while she pets Benjamin III, a 9-month-old yellow Labrador puppy being trained as an assistance dog at the Northwest regional training center and headquarters of Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Thielman is frustrated by the lack of adequate interpreter services during her two recent hospital stays at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. None of her medical providers was fluent in sign language. Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

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