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Rising above the violence to pursue a career in health care
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Pediatrician Tomás Magaña has treated it all — gunshot wounds, drug overdoses and domestic abuse injuries. “I’ve seen too many kids die. I’ve lost 10 kids in my practice, five in the past year alone,” he said.

The doctor’s voice cracks when he talks about his patients. One teen committed suicide while others died in shootings. Some belonged to gangs but a few were killed in the crossfire. “I’m trained to treat disease but our kids are dying from homicide, suicide, trauma — the three leading causes of death for teens. All preventable yet all on the rise in certain communities,” he said.

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