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: Man Shoots Himself In The Leg At Millennium Park
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.
“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.READ MORE: Noel Swerdlow, University Of Chicago Professor For More Than 30 Years And Top Expert On History Of Science, Dies At 79
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: COPA Releases Video Of Fatal Shooting Of Klevontaye White By CPD Officers, Federal Marshal