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This Teen Nearly Died In A School Shooting. Now She's Just Trying To Live


Added 05-17-19 06:07:01am EST - “One year and seven surgeries after Sarah Salazar nearly died in her art classroom, she's still struggling to manage the deep physical and emotional trauma she suffered that day.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “This Teen Nearly Died In A School Shooting. Now She's Just Trying To Live”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sarah Salazar was 16 when a gunman walked into her Santa Fe, Texas, classroom and changed her life forever. Allison Hess for NPR hide caption

Sarah Salazar was 16 when a gunman walked into her Santa Fe, Texas, classroom and changed her life forever.

It's 5 o'clock in the morning, and Sarah Salazar would rather be sleeping. Not just because it's early. Or because she's a teenager and can't seem to get enough sleep. Doctors say the shotgun pellets embedded in her shoulder, lung and back have sent her lead levels skyrocketing and leave her feeling tired much of the time.

Her injuries also make it hard for Sarah to do even simple tasks, like bathing. Her home, in the small town of Santa Fe, Texas, has one shower for six women — Sarah, her mother and four sisters — so she now wakes early, before everyone else, to take her time in the shower.

Later, in her room, Sarah picks a shirt for the day — though definitely not her favorite navy top with thin white stripes. Its wide, open neckline is now too wide, too open, too revealing. Sarah's younger sister Sonya helps her fasten her bra.

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