JEFFERSONVILLE, In. -- A Southern Indiana soldier wounded when an improvised explosive device, or IED, exploded near him is recovering Thursday night.
Army Staff Sergeant Trenton Petty's doctors in Afghanistan are stunned by the remarkable recovery he's making.
Staff Sergeant Petty has served two tours in Iraq and he's been in the Ghazni Province in Southeastern Afghanistan since March.
The Jeffersonville Soldier is a paratrooper in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, but he was on the ground when that IED blew up in what was his most frightening experience yet.
"He should have never survived the impact of that IED in the first place," said his wife, Megan. "The doctors are just astonished that he was one, alive, and two, recovering so quickly."
Megan says after getting out of a truck, Trenton's foot hit the ground and seconds later an IED exploded. He was standing just a few feet away. He has a severe concussion, lost part of his ear, blown an eardrum, and riddled with shrapnel.
Trenton has been in the army for eight years and counting. Despite coming within inches of death he returned to his 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan to offer moral support.
"That's his heart and soul right there," Megan said. "He was in charge of these guys, and he wants to make sure they come home together."
Trenton will need another surgery when he returns home to the United States in September.