North Korea defector undergoes second surgery, South Korean hospital says

From Reuters - November 14, 2017

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash this week over the border with South Korea was being operated upon for a second time early on Wednesday, the hospital treating him said.

The soldier, whose rank and identity have not been disclosed, was flown by helicopter to hospital on Monday after his escape to South Korea, during which he was fired on by four North Korean soldiers.

He is undergoing a second round of operations and we cant reach the operating room as they are working on him, a spokeswoman at Ajou University Hospital told Reuters by telephone, seeking anonymity because of security concerns.

The hospital will brief media on the soldiers condition at 0630 GMT, she said, without providing details.


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