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Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven’t: Stop Gun Violence

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Not content to simply patch up injuries, hospital-based violence intervention programs around the U.S. are helping to change the lives of survivors.

Nick Wing, Huff Post

 

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https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bc652ae220000a102dd9ca8.png?ops=scalefit_970_noupscaleT.J. King, left, and Che Bullock at the Prince George’s Hospital Center. Bullock helped recruit King into the Capital Region Violence Intervention Program after King was shot in 2017. Che Bullock

11/23/2018 | When Che Bullock awoke in a hospital in August 2013, the first thing he felt was grateful to be alive. He’d been stabbed 13 times outside a nightclub in the Washington, D.C., area and taken by helicopter to a medical center, where doctors performed lifesaving surgery.

Bullock’s sense of relief quickly faded, first into physical pain and anxiety, then into fear and finally into a rage toward his attackers.

“It was kind of like they put a hit out on me,” said Bullock, now 30. He recalled friends coming to his hospital room to stand guard.

Nick Wing is a senior reporter at HuffPost, covering social inequality and the people, policies and things that get us in trouble.

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