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One Year After the Las Vegas Shooting, Survivors Describe ‘New Normal’

The Las Vegas massacre claimed 58 lives, making it the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Hundreds more were shot, many of them surviving after a mad dash through a sea of chaos, flying bullets and bodies. Others had to be carried out and would be dead themselves had it not been for everyday heroes who risked their own lives to save someone else's.

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In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Angelica Cervantes cries as she stands in her son Erick Silva's room at their home in Las Vegas. Silva was killed Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Silva was working as a security guard at the Route 91 Harvest Festival and was shot while helping people climb over a barricade to escape the gunfire.
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In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, photo, Jason McMillan poses for a picture at his home in Menifee, Calif. McMillan has spent a month in a hospital, more than a month in a rehabilitation facility and countless hours in physical therapy trying to regain use of his legs. The 36-year-old Southern California sheriff’s deputy was shot at the Route 91 Harvest Festival while trying to shield his girlfriend from the gunfire raining from a nearby high-rise. He suffered liver and lung wounds and had a bullet in his spine.
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In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, photo, Jason McMillan sits in the kitchen with his fiancee Fiorella Gaete at their home in Menifee, Calif. The 36-year-old Southern California sheriff’s deputy was shot in Oct. 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, while trying to shield Gaete from the gunfire raining from a nearby high-rise. He suffered liver and lung wounds and had a bullet in his spine.
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Chris Carlson/AP
In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, photo, Jason McMillan sits in the kitchen with his fiancee Fiorella Gaete at their home in Menifee, Calif. McMillan has spent a month in a hospital, more than a month in a rehabilitation facility and countless hours in physical therapy trying to regain use of his legs. It's been a year since the 36-year-old Southern California sheriff's deputy attended a Las Vegas country music festival with Gaete, who was also injured, during a mass shooting by a gunman.
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John Locher/AP
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Angelica Cervantes cries as she talks about her son Erick Silva in Las Vegas. Silva was killed Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Silva was working as a security guard at the Route 91 Harvest Festival and was shot while helping people climb over a barricade to escape the gunfire.
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In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, a makeshift memorial to Erick Silva is on display in front of his parent's home in Las Vegas. Silva was killed Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Silva was working as a security guard at the Route 91 Harvest Festival and was shot while helping people climb over a barricade to escape the gunfire.
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Jessica Ha via AP
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo provided by Jessica Ha is Ha, far right, and friends at the Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old Newport Beach, Calif., resident, Ha and her friends managed to make it out of the festival without serious physical injuries. But emotionally and mentally, they’re still processing what happened, and they haven’t talked much about that night since they left Las Vegas the day after the shooting. “It’s a tragedy that has completely changed my life, for the rest of my life,” Ha said.
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Jessica Ha via AP
In this Sept. 29, 2017, photo provided by Jessica Ha is Ha, far right, and friends at the Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old Newport Beach, Calif., resident, Ha, and her friends managed to make it out of the festival without serious physical injuries after the mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. “It’s a tragedy that has completely changed my life, for the rest of my life,” Ha said.
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In this Sept 24, 2018, picture, Chelsea Romo, who lost her eye in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, smiles in San Diego. After losing her left eye and getting shot in the other, Romo was told it could take more than a year until she could see. But as the anniversary approaches of the attack on a Las Vegas country music festival, she can insert a lens to have nearly perfect vision in one eye. Everything has changed since the shooting, she said, but her recovery has been nothing short of a miracle.
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In this Sept 24, 2018, picture, Chelsea Romo, who lost her eye in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, looks out a window in San Diego. After losing her left eye and getting shot in the other, Romo was told it could take more than a year until she could see. But as the anniversary approaches of the attack on a Las Vegas country music festival, she can insert a lens to have nearly perfect vision in one eye. Everything has changed since the shooting, she said, but her recovery has been nothing short of a miracle.
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