Episode | #004

But I Couldn’t Fix Him…

As a pediatric nurse Lisa heals people all of the time, but twenty years ago she couldn’t heal the one she wanted to the most… her son.

Nine year old Marcus DeBack was shot and killed on the playground in 1995. It was one of the earliest playground shootings that Milwaukee can remember. Marcus was rushed to Children’s Hospital, where his mom, Lisa Ettienne now works as a pediatric nurse. Lisa still avoids the ICU.

Children’s Hospital provides hospital-based services for adult victims of violence. Project Ujima is one such service – they work with participants through the grieving process and provide support to family members on their road to recovery.

You can learn more about Project Ujima here.

Coverage by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lisa Ettienne holding a photograph of her son Marcus. (Photo by Emily Forman)

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