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Surgeries, therapy and pain: San Bernardino terror attack survivor details horrific journey to recovery

By in Press Enterprise on November 30, 2017

By Suzanne Hurt

She remembers the voices as she lay dying outside the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2, 2015.

The voices kept asking her name and age, over and over, as she lay in triage with her eyes closed.

Julie Swann-Paez had been shot twice in the pelvis in a terrorist attack by her Muslim co-worker and his wife. She was losing blood and consciousness. Her blood pressure was plummeting.

“If I can stay conscious, if I can keep answering their questions, I’m going to survive. I’ll make it if I can get to the hospital,” she told herself.

  • Julie Swann-Paez, a survivor of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino shooting, works with Pilates instructor Valerie Chargois to strengthen muscles during her recovery at Pilates 909 in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Swann-Paez was shot twice in the pelvis during the terror attack. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Julie Swann-Paez, a survivor of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino shooting, works with Pilates instructor Valerie Chargois to strengthen muscles during her recovery at Pilates 909 in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Swann-Paez was shot twice in the pelvis during the terror attack. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Julie Swann-Paez, a survivor of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino shooting, works with Pilates instructor Valerie Chargois to strengthen muscles during her recovery at Pilates 909 in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Swann-Paez was shot twice in the pelvis during the terror attack. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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