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Posted on 11/21/2017 4:02:33 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
Wounded N. Korean soldier regains consciousness: officials
SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Yonhap) -- The North Korean soldier who was severely injured while defecting to the South last week has regained consciousness, officials here said Tuesday.
South Korean government officials said the soldier is awake after he underwent two major surgeries at Ajou University Hospital in Suwon, south of Seoul.
"The soldier has regained consciousness and he requested to watch television," the government official said on condition of anonymity. "For the soldier's psychological comfort, we've shown the patient South Korean movies and he has recovered enough to watch television."
The soldier was shot five or six times in the elbow, shoulder and abdomen by North Korean border guards as he ran across the border and through the truce village of Panmunjeom last week.
"The defector is able to express his thoughts to medical staff," the official said. "At this moment, we think that the patient has overcome a serious condition."
To help stabilize the soldier's psychological condition, medical staff have apparently hung the South Korean national flag in his hospital room, according to the official.
"The defector is suffering from fear and heavy stress from the gunshots that wounded him," the official said. "To give psychological comfort that he is in South Korea, the medical staff apparently placed the South Korean flag in the patient's room and are also treating him through psychotherapy."
Although there were media reports that the patient has identified himself as a 25-year-old soldier surnamed Oh, South Korean military officials denied such report, saying that they have yet to interview the soldier and verify his identification.
Meanwhile, Lee Cook-jong, who conducted the surgery on the North Korean, reportedly plans to have a briefing on his patient's condition on Wednesday. Following Lee's advice, South Korea's joint interrogation team is expected to question the soldier three or four days later, according to the official.
The official said the United Nations Command (UNC), which is in charge of the probe, is consulting with the South Korean military about releasing a CCTV clip and even a footage from a thermal observation device that shows the defection.
That poor man! I’m sure he will have a lot to say. Hope he has a full recovery.
Just wait until he gets his first real meal.
“Where are my pet worms?”
But wait a minute. I tgought NK was a paradise? Why would he want to escape?
Good luck to the man, hope he makes it.
He will be known as the guy who got all his relatives fed to hungry dogs.
I honestly hope he is rewarded with a better future, especially being financially well off by a generous society.
And to just imagine the concept that most in North Korea probably also are ridden with worms.
Because he quit his job as a NK soldier, does he lose his health insurance?
I find your photo montage quite interesting. It is not for our consumption but possibly for North Koreans if this gets co-mingled into black market entertainment videos, showing off the medical prowess of a free society that someone in the North could never dream of. The Dr. alone screams excellence and I am on top of my game. Been their, done that and had the pleasure of meeting men of his stature and approx age without getting into the details of who the surgery was for.
just because you operated on big wigs does not make the surgery more impressive.
If he is massively infested with worms the treatment for that will be quite severe I think as far as reaction and possible organ damage. I would like to see a doctor comment on this as well.
You’ll be finding a little bit extra in your pay envelope this week.
When he is identified the Norks will find and torture (not necessarily to death) three generations of his family for the next 30 years.
It’s an inexcusable tragedy that we have turned a blind eye to this modern bloodthirsty tyrannical regime.
Wow It’s true that when portrayed on the big screen worms appear 10 lbs heavier.
“The soldier has regained consciousness and he requested to watch television,” the government official said on condition of anonymity. “
Apparently the soldier asked to watch the new season of I Love Lucy.
A gift of the Order to fertilize the fields with unprocessed human feces
The parasites have a Field Day
OMG those really are worms from inside him. How terrible.
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