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Local doctor shares his experience about being in a military hospital in Germany

A local doctor recently had a unique opportunity to work at hospital in Germany that serves as a half way point for injured soldiers on their way back to the United States.

Now he's bringing what he learned to the Tri-State. 

We caught up with Dr. Dennis Beck, an orthopaedic surgeon, Tuesday morning at the Orthopaedic Associates office Downtown.

He calls the experience "very humbling."

Dr. Beck just came back from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

He tells us he was overwhelmed by the amount of soldiers still coming in with injuries.

He says on average, there would be about one or two severely injured men flown in from Afghanistan, Jordan and other North African countries.

"Members of the military that have lost limbs, multiple limbs, these are two, three limb amputees in their mid 20s," says Dr. Beck.

He says he learned priceless lessons from seeing those traumatic muscle and bone injuries- experiences that he can apply to car and ATV wreck injuries in the Tri-State, which can be similar.

"The last couple of days we've been back up and running I've used some of those techniques and done that a few times and it's helped.You know really more of the experience of watching their sense of time, their gut feeling about things," he says.

In total, Dr. Beck was at the Landstuhl hospital for two weeks.

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