#010 Precious Lives: The Immigration Story of Bill Thao's Family
Somboon Thao’s family escaped Laos hoping for a better life in Milwaukee, but then the worst thing imaginable happened.
Dozens of bullets flew through their home and one struck Somboon’s 13-month-old son, Bill. The toddler later died of injuries at Children's Hospital.
When the bullets started flying, a family member told the kids in the room to lay down on the ground - a reflex their generation had developed decades ago in the jungle, in Laos.
The Thao family says that the violence in Milwaukee is much less predictable than their native Laos, where the government hunted Hmong people after the Vietnam War.
Sebastian Family Psychology Practice has a team of mental health practitioners with diverse cultural backgrounds. They have interpreters in Hmong, Spanish, Burmese and many other languages. Visit PreciousLivesProject.org for more information.