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

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 Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button at right to make a contribution and support our work. 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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