Last week, a North Korean soldier suddenly defected and ran as fast as he could across the most dangerous strip of land in the entire world – the Demilitarized Zone. In the process, he was shot five times by his former fellow comrades, but he managed to make it to South Korea where he was quickly hospitalized and treated for his wounds. Doctors say that he will survive his injuries, however they discovered another health problem that could not only jeopardize his recovery, but gives an implication of the harsh conditions facing North Korea’s military and probably many others.
Doctors was that the defector’s body was host to an enormous number of parasites, including tapeworms and other parasitic worms.
(Fox News) – Doctors discovered an “enormous number” of parasitic worms slithering inside the body of a man who defected from North Korea this week, the ghastly find illustrating the food and hygiene problems rampant inside the guarded walls of the Hermit Kingdom.
The North Korean defector, who hasn’t been identified, was a soldier who made a desperate dash for freedom Monday at the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. But the man was shot at least five times by his former comrades as he made his escape.
South Korean doctors said the defector was in stable condition after surgery for his gunshot wounds. But physicians identified another reason for alarm: an “enormous number” of parasitic worms that are complicating his recovery, Reuters reported.
Doctors believed the soldier could have had the parasites for a while…
The degree of parasite infestation in the North Korean soldier was so severe that one of the doctors treating him said that in his more than 20-year career, he had only seen anything close to this in textbooks, but not in real practice. Most of parasites are the product of poor hygiene and the diet of the soldier, implying that the chances are high that many other soldiers are equally infected.