Chu - Ken Treanor

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Extract from interview with Helen Frizzell, 10-11 June 2008

Reproduced with permission of Ken Treanor


[This] is Godfrey Goodson's little girl here – Chu. She used to hang around the hospital at Bong Son, and he eventually got to see her. He must have spotted her, or someone told him that this girl had been coming back every day for weeks, and she didn't seem to have any family or anything. So Godfrey had a look at her and he decided that she's got TB – of the hip. And so he sent her down to Qui Nhon and she was operated on – [looking at picture] there she is.

So this is you – you're with her and...

That's at save the kids [hospital].

At Save the Children [hospital]?


And what is she – is she sitting down or lying down?

Lying down.

On a bench?

On a sort of a plinth there.

So did you arrange that – for her to go there?


Did you arrange for her to go there?

No I told Godfrey Goodson about save the kids – yes save the kids hospital.


Vietnam War Oral History Project, Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture & Heritage

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