CHICAGO (CBS) — A postal worker shot on the job says “every day is extra” in 2019.
Stephen Casazza, 36, is out of the hospital and talked with CBS 2 by phone for the first time since he was shot.READ MORE: Chicago Police Restrict Time Off For Officers Amid Battle Between City Hall, FOP Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
He is sidelined for delivering mail, due in large part to the nerve damage to his right hand and arm — his dominant side.
Following the shooting in Elk Grove Village it’s numb, and he can’t use it.READ MORE: Artist Nate Baranowski Uses Chalk Art To Bring Halloween Festivity To Howard Street In Rogers Park
“I realize so many people die from gunshots every day. This is a trying moment in my life for sure, but I’m grateful that it’s not any worse,” he says.
It may be weeks before he’ll know if it can return to normal.
“On the bullet’s way through my chest, it blew up an artery, and that was surrounded by nerves. And I got total nerve damage throughout my elbow, but, again, I’m grateful it wasn’t any worse,” Casazza says.
Casazza is also touched that his friend Elliott Osborne set up a GoFundMe campaign to help in his recovery.MORE NEWS: City Officials, Community Leaders Hit Streets To Urge People To Get First COVID-19 Shots, Boosters, And Flu Shots