Video Shows North Korean Soldier’s Mad Dash Into The South Under Fire

Video: Watch how a North Korean soldier defected to the South

Doctors in South Korea say a wounded North Korean soldier whose dramatic defection was caught on video is now conscious. The United Nations released new video from several security cameras that show the daring escape.

Poor health

At 5’6 tall but weighing 60kg (132lb), the soldier’s state is thought to be indicative of the poor health among North Korea’s troops.

Parasites

“We’re paying close attention to prevent possible complications,” said Lee [ surgeon Lee Cook-jong], who on Wednesday said “an enormous number of parasites” including roundworms had been found in the small intestine.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my 20 years as a physician,” he said, adding the longest worm he removed was 27 centimeters (11 inches).

Parasites, especially roundworms, are widespread in North Korea — as they are in many developing countries — where people eat uncooked vegetables that have been fertilized with human faeces, experts say. JapanTimes

 

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