Pediatrician Tomás Magaña has treated it all — gunshot wounds, drug overdoses and domestic abuse injuries. “I’ve seen too many kids die. I’ve lost 10 kids in my practice, five in the past year alone,” he said.
The doctor’s voice cracks when he talks about his patients. One teen committed suicide while others died in shootings. Some belonged to gangs but a few were killed in the crossfire.
“I’m trained to treat disease but our kids are dying from homicide, suicide, trauma — the three leading causes of death for teens. All preventable yet all on the rise in certain communities,” he said.
Living in fear
Magaña works at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, Calif. — one of America’s most violent cities and part of Alameda County, ranked first in the state and third in the nation for violent crime.