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This Man Survived the Orlando Shooting But Will Live With a Gun Bullet in Him

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"The bullet is going to stay there," says Pulse attack survivor Javier Nada.

Pulse clubgoer Javier Nava will live for the rest of his life with the gunshot bullet that hit him in the abdomen during the night of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Nava and his friend Adrien Lopez, who was also at Pulse, shared their experience with Fusion:

"When I got here there was no time to perform x-rays, so they opened me up fast to make sure everything was fine," Nava said. "They saw that the bullet hadn't hit any vital organs, I still have the bullet in there, but they aren't going to extract it."

Lopez also recalls the moment he saw the shooter. "I threw myself on the floor and someone fell on top of me," he said. "That person was badly hurt, there was blood in my back, there was a piece of meat on my armpit, someone's blood... for a second I thought to myself: 'Adrien, stay here and play dead, he's not going to see you,'"

Nava is expected to make a full recovery soon.

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