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Wounded war hero receives corrective surgery

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - A North Georgia wounded war hero is one step closer to returning to front lines.

"I  thought I was going to die," said Bobby Woods, "but considering where I am now, I've come a long way."

It's hard to believe how near death Bobby Woods once was.

The First Lieutenant took a bullet to the head when he and his unit were ambushed in Afghanistan.

"We had an idea that it was just kind of here," said Woods' father, retired General Bob Woods, as he pointed to his forehead, "but it turned out it went quite lower than we envisioned."

Most of Bobby's forehead was missing when he returned home in August. Bobby wore a helmet to protect his brain.

Bobby underwent a crainioplasty last week to repair his skull. He continues to make great strides, as he continues to recover in Maryland.

"We have full confidence that Bobby is going to come back 100 percent," said his father.

Doctors say there are still bullet fragments in Bobby's head, which means one more surgery in his future.

Despite the recovery ahead, Bobby's mind is on returning to his unit.

"More than anything, I worry about the soldiers that are still deployed," said Bobby in a phone interview with Channel 3.

"It's definitely something I want to do," said Bobby when asked if he has plans to return to Afghanistan, "so I'll continue to work with the Army and do all the things they want me to do to fully recover."

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