Excessive no. of parasites in defected N. Korean soldier shows dire situations of N. Korean military


The North Korean soldier who was shot while
defecting to South Korea on Monday is still in critical condition… after having surgery
to treat the five gunshot wounds he suffered while crossing the Joint Security Area. The surgeon treating him said he found parasites
in the patient’s intestines,… showing the poor health of North Korea’s soldiers. Park Ji-won has more. The North Korean soldier who defected to South
Korea on Monday is still in critical condition,… although the bullets have now all been removed
from his body after two major surgeries. The second three-hour-long surgery focused
on removing damaged tissues, along with the last remaining bullet. Surgeon Lee Guk-jong, who led the two operations
held a briefing,… saying the recovery won’t be easy,… especially given that large numbers
of parasites were found in the soldier’s small intestine,… infecting the wounded organs. The parasites, including a 27-centimeter-long
round worm,… reflect the dire situations that North Korean soldiers face. (Korean)
“In more than 20 years of my career as a surgeon, I’ve only ever seen this amount of worms in
textbooks, never seen among South Koreans.” Undigested food was also found inside the
patient, mostly corns, showing the poor state of nutrition in the North Korean military. The surgeon said the soldier’s condition has
improved since his admission to hospital,… but the complications are worrisome, and he
is currently relying on breathing apparatus. (Korean)
“What is paramount now is the patient’s cardio-pulmonary function, liver function, and kidney function. They have not yet reached a normal range.” He said drug treatment should continue,…
and a press briefing will be held next week after more surgeries. Park Ji-won, Arirang News.

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