Spotlight Series #5

This is the fifth of a series of spotlight articles that will be posted on the blog every month until the conference in June. This spotlight series will highlight a deaf or hard of hearing healthcare professional and AMPHL member who has found success in their field and continues to break down barriers.

Spotlight Series #4

This is the fourth of a series of spotlight articles that will be posted on the blog every month until the conference in June. This spotlight series will highlight a deaf or hard of hearing healthcare professional and AMPHL member who has found success in their field and continues to break down barriers.

On Passion, Swinging for the Fences, and Dr. Thomas A. Dooley

I recently had the opportunity to reacquaint myself with the awe-inspiring story of Dr. Thomas A. Dooley.  Dr. Dooley’s story is told in Deliver Us from Evil and The Edge of Tomorrow.  In the 1950s and at just under 30-years-of-age, Dr. Dooley distinguished himself by caring for over 500,000 Vietnamese refugees within the confines of his small naval hospital based out of Yokosuka, Japan. 

Immediately after his Japan assignment, Dr. Dooley volunteered for duty aboard a navy ship transporting refugees to sanctuary in Saigon.  The intimate experiences of rampant malnutrition and disease that afflicted his passenger-patients spurred him on to continued and extraordinary selfless service.  He pitched in to help build shelters in Haiphong and stuck around to provide care for these residents until the city was besieged by the powerful Viet Minh forces.