It was a tearful reunion for Farrah Soudani, Dr. Comilla Sasson, and EMT Darryl Johnson — a reunion that almost didn't happen. Dr. Sasson and Johnson were seeing Soudani for the first time since her treatment months earlier at the University of Colorado Hospital.
Soudani was grievously wounded in the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado multiplex on July 20th, 2012, a crime that left 12 dead and 58 people wounded.
According to court documents, accused gunman James Holmes fired 76 shots, 65 of which were from the AR-15. Dr. Sasson says Soudani's wounds were consistent with an AR-15 projectile.( Read more: New York's Assault Weapon Registration Begins)
There are an estimated 4 million AR-15s in the United States. But to this day, Soudani does not advocate a ban on assault rifles.
"Guns don't kill people," Soudani said, "stupid people kill people." Instead, she calls for mandatory psychological evaluations as a requirement to purchase any gun, especially one with the AR-15's characteristics.
Soudani says she remains remarkably strong in the face of the tragedy —especially after Dr. Sasson had told her, "There is no reason you should be alive right now."