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Phoenix trauma surgeon describes explosion injuries

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We spoke to a valley doctor who spent time in Afghanistan and has seen violent bombings like the one in Boston firsthand.

Trauma surgeon Dr. Marc Matthews served one year in Afghanistan treating soldiers with a lot of the same injuries. Much of what he saw Monday reminded him of his time overseas.

"Yes these images are going to be horrific. It's what we deal with daily on this bed right here. But it's not what we expect an ordinary populous to see. We don't want that here. That's for a war zone," he said.

Three people died. There were also victims who lost limbs, and victims with a very small window of survival. Their lives were saved by a very small and simple device.

"Tourniquets and pressure and get the people out as fast as you can."

Besides just external injuries, there were a number of internal injuries as well – ruptured lungs, popped eardrums, injuries typical of explosions.

"It's these blunt traumas that are also penetrating with the shrapnel, so we get a double whammy in a sense," said Dr. Matthews.

He expects the majority of patients will go home in the next few days. But the emotional wounds will likely take a lot longer to repair.

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