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Published on June 17, 2016

For gunshot survivors, recovery can last a lifetime

by Jen Christensen

(CNN) The road to recovery for the dozens of injured survivors of the Orlando shooting is likely be long and painful, if they can ever fully recover.

Physical recovery from a gunshot, even if someone is only grazed, can take from months to years; the psychological consequences can last a lifetime.
    "I tell my patients, if you have a major gunshot wound, it will take you at least a year to get back to where you were before," said Dr. Bryan C. Morse, a trauma surgeon at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and assistant professor of surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine. "And that's if everything goes well and you have a good support system at home, as well.