A few days ago, we told you about a North Korean soldier who had defected across the Demilitarized Zone and <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/11741-It-Begins-Wounded-North-Korean-Soldier-Defects-Across-DMZ"> fled over to South Korea</a>.
To try and stop him, his North Korean colleagues shot him 5 times.
The said soldier has now been examined in a South Korean hospital and if his health state is a statistic for the whole country, then the regime of Kim Jung Un is indeed in very dire straits.
South Korean paramedics that had rushed the wounded soldier to hospital after he made it into the country were stunned by what they found inside his body. Surgeons said the man, aged 25 years old or so, was riddled with flesh-eating parasites, including a 27cm worm, which prompted medical experts to debate however those things got into his body.
At a briefing, lead surgeon Lee Cook-jong displayed photos showing dozens of flesh-coloured parasites removed from the wounded soldier's guts during a series of surgeries to save his life.
Dr Lee stated: "In my over 20 year-long career as a surgeon, I have only seen something like this in a textbook."
“We are struggling with treatment as we found a large number of parasites in the soldier’s stomach, invading and eating into wounded areas.”
“We have also discovered a parasite never seen in Koreans before. It is making the situation worse and causing tremendous complications.”
Experts claim that this may be a sign an ever more desperate North Korean regime is now using human faeces as fertilizer.
Parasitic worms, but in smaller sizes, were also once common in South Korea some 40 to 50 years ago, Dr Lee stated further during his briefing, but these all disappeared as hygiene improved over the years.
Dr Choi Min-Ho, a professor at Seoul National University College of Medicine, stated: "Although we do not have solid figures showing health conditions of North Korea, medical experts assume that parasite infection problems and serious health issues have been prevalent in the country."