afghanistan: A Chance In Hell
Ten years after the war in Afghanistan began, the United States is still engaged in a brutal fight in an effort to shape the future of Afghanistan. Casualties are often overlooked and seem almost routine to outsiders. However, in the NATO-run combat hospital in Kandahar, everyday horror is a reality. Nearly three-quarters of their patients come directly from the battlefield, oftentimes victims of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. It's in the middle of this horror, at the combat hospital, where people are given a chance to live. If a patient arrives with a pulse, they have more than a 90 percent chance of survival. The work takes its toll, though, on the staff - many who witness the terrible effects of this lasting war first-hand. Few outside have any idea of the terrible injuries that have stemmed from this conflict, still ten years in the making. This story looks at what goes on in the trauma hospital, where a chance in hell becomes the norm.