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August 13, 2007

Trauma Team

Trauma Team

Philadelphia currently has the highest homicide rate of any large city in the U.S. But violent crime is on the rise in cities across America. Crime tends to spike in the summer, particularly hot summers like this one.

Scott Charles is the Trauma Outreach Coordinator at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. When patients arrive at the hospital with gunshot wounds, Scott goes to their bedsides after surgery to talk to them about changing their lives.

His work is part of a program he created with trauma surgeon Amy Goldberg called "Cradle to Grave." As part of the program, they walk at-risk youth through the real-life trauma that happened to a North Philadelphia teenager who was shot multiple times.

Scott and Amy talk with guest host Aaron Henkin about the young people they meet in the E.R. and what they are doing to keep more young people from ending up there.

Aaron also talks with Chinika Perez, a 27-year-old mother of two who survived being shot last summer.

Giving And Taking

Tamara Ball spent many years as an E.R. doctor who often had to deliver the news to families that their loved ones were going to die. She also had to ask them whether or not their family member had mentioned or considered organ donation, and she always found this to be an awkward conversation. Then Tamara herself needed an organ donation. She talks with Aaron about what it's like to be on both sides of the transition - when one family's tragedy becomes another family's thanksgiving.

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