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Martinez Boy Hurt In Boston Marathon Bombings Returns Home

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11-year-old Aaron Hern of Martinez, who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, shakes hands as he tours the site of the explosion on April 25, 2013. (CBS)

11-year-old Aaron Hern of Martinez, who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, shakes hands as he tours the site of the explosion on April 25, 2013. (CBS)

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MARTINEZ (CBS / AP) — A Bay Area boy injured in the Boston Marathon bombings has returned home — just one day before his 12th birthday.

After being hit in the leg by shrapnel, Aaron Hern was operated on twice in the days following the bombings.

He was released from the hospital last week and continued his recovery in the Boston area, even visiting the site of the bombing before returning home to Martinez.

Aaron was in Boston to watch the race with his father and his 10-year-old sister as his mother, Katherine Hern, competed as a runner.

A family friend says Aaron returned home Tuesday.

His father, Alan Hern, told The Contra Costa Times that with almost 100 staples in his leg, it was not clear when Aaron would return to school.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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