Parasites make treatment of N. Korean defector harder, doctor says

The soldier has successfully undergone a second round of surgery at Ajou University hospital earlier in the day, which lasted for about three-and-a-half hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. He is still in a critical condition, according to Lee Cook-jong, the physician who treated him.

The operation concluded with the removal of a bullet lodged in the abdominal wall, Lee said.

“We are struggling with treatment as we found a large number of parasites in the soldier’s stomach, invading and eating into the wounded areas,” Lee said. “We have also discovered a parasite never seen in Koreans before. It is making the situation worse and causing tremendous complications.”

…“I don’t know what is happening in North Korea, but I found many parasites when examining other defectors,” said Professor Seong Min at the Dankook University Medical School. “In one case, we found 30 types of roundworms in a female defector. The parasite infection problem seems to be serious even if it does not represent the entire North Korean population.”

Parasites make treatment of N. Korean defector harder, doctor says – Korea Biomedical Review

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