Elena Costello, M.A. spent 10 years of her life as a medical interpreter. She is a part of IMPACT (Interpreters for the Medical Profession through Advanced Curriculum and Teaching), a program at that helps bilingual high school students certify as medical interpreters. She encountered Lung Girl comics and The Sid Foundation at Sol-Con, a comic convention in Columbus, Ohio. Today, she is using Lung Girl comics in her medical interpretation class because, as she stated in an interview, “it was medically related but not too medical and was fun.” Because Lung Girl comics discuss medical (lung related) issues without language that is too technical and incorporate these issues into a fun story, Elena Costello found it ideal for her high school students. They used it to learn how to talk about lung issues in a conversational way.
You can learn more about Elena Costello's work here.
Lung Girl comics were created by Ananya Vahal and illustrated by Loso F. Perez of Prime Vice Studios. You can learn more about them here.
All proceeds from the sale of Lung Girl comics help support lung transplant research and awareness.
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