Today at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. WLRN News looks into what happens to the young people who survive getting shot in the series Young Survivors: The Unspoken Trauma of Gun Violence. On WLRN 91.3-FM, 101.9-FM in the Palm Beaches and WKWM 91.5-FM in the Keys.
For Aaron Willis, a Booker T. Washington High student partially paralyzed by an unknown shooter in Wynwood, putting his life back together has proven a grueling emotional challenge — both for him and his family.
Willis is one of hundreds of young people in Miami-Dade County who have survived bullet wounds, an experience that leaves psychological scars that have not been well-researched.
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In a special project, Young Survivors: The Unspoken Trauma of Gun Violence, WLRN-Miami Herald News chronicles the wrenching experiences of the Willis family and explores a host of related issues: how Congress stripped funding from gun violence research, how trauma surgeons at Jackson Memorial Hospital keep victims alive and how schools in Miami-Dade are responding to gun violence.