Slashed when he was 8. His PFD has been garnished to pay legal fees

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Stephen Hansell was in third grade when a man wielding a knife walked onto the campus of his Anchorage elementary school and tried to kill him.

TheMay 7, 2001, attack on Mountain View Elementary School sent four boys, including then-8-year-old Hansell, to the hospital with serious injuries. All four survived, but Hansell says the financial fallout of the attack has left his family unable to completely put the trauma behind them.

Eighteen years later, Hansell still lives in Anchorage. He does administrative work for a pediatric clinic at the Southcentral Foundation and says humor, counseling and an active childhood helped him move past his brush with death.

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