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Paramedic mistakenly shot in Merseyside launches campaign to teach people how to treat gunshot wounds

Mr Cusack was shot in a case of mistaken identity. Credit: Liverpool Echo

A paramedic who was shot in a case of mistaken identity is launching a campaign to teach people how to deal with gunshot wounds.

Stephen Cusack was confronted in his Huyton home in August 2009, by a masked gunman and shot in the leg.

The intended target lived in a different corner of the close, and the attackers had hit the wrong house.

Credit: Liverpool Echo

Now, ten years on from the life-changing attack, Stephen wants to help others learn how to survive gun violence.

He said: "It’s been 10 years, and now that I have my confidence fully back I think now’s the time to do this.

"I feel my experience, coupled with my skill as a specialist paramedic, could actually help to educate others."

Stephen is planning to demonstrate to teenagers and adults in schools and communities the basics in treating the victim of a shooting.

He also plans to share his own experiences to help convey the message about the effects that follow.

Stephen explained: "While I physically healed, I had to face many challenges before I felt fully recovered. I tried counselling, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy ... I tried all sorts of things. I suffered a post-traumatic reaction.

"The strange thing was it wasn’t any sort of mental health treatment that helped, what helped was having a good team of colleagues around me."

The campaign launch comes a day after a teenager was shot in Cheetham Hilland multiple shootings were reported in Kirkby last night.

You can donate to Stephen’s campaign at www.paypal.me/SteveCusack1