On Nov. 13, a North Korean soldier identified only by his last name, Oh, made a mad dash for freedom across the Demilitarized Zone that separates the North Korea from South Korea.
Oh was shot several times and collapsed, but he was spotted and dragged to safety by South Korean soldiers, who ensured that he was taken to a hospital for medical treatment.
An American military team transported Oh by helicopter, treating him for a collapsed lung in the air as they tried to keep him alive.
Reports from the doctors who treated Oh were nothing short of horrific — and painted a terrifying picture of the nutrition and medical care that was available to North Korea's military.
Medical teams have worked for days to remove the shards of at least four bullets from Oh’s body, stitch up his shredded organs, and treat pre-existing conditions including tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and a case of massive intestinal worms.
But now that Oh is awake, able to sustain a liquid diet and talking to the doctors caring for him, he has become South Korea's not-so-secret weapon.
Using giant loudspeakers designed to broadcast information audible a good 12 miles into North Korea, South Korea has been providing updates on Oh's condition — delivering graphic details to the regime he left behind.
Fox News reported:
South Korea is making sure North Korea doesn’t forget about the regime’s soldier who defected to the South in a daring escape earlier this month — by blasting updates about the defector’s health through its military’s loudspeakers at the Demilitarized Zone, a report said on Sunday.
South Korean troops broadcasted an update on Sunday about the North Korean soldier’s “nutritive conditions,” taking a hit at the Hermit Kingdom’s alleged health issues, Yonhap News Agency reported. The broadcasts are reportedly so loud that people within 12.4 miles from the DMZ are able to hear it.
Fox News also noted that those speakers, in use since the end of the Korean War, were routinely used to broadcast reports encouraging North Korean soldiers to doubt Kim Jong Un's leadership and to defect.
Meanwhile, Oh continues to recuperate. According to lead surgeon John Cook-Jong Lee (one of the few people who has talked to Oh because the sight of South Korean guards still makes him a little nervous) called Oh a “pretty nice guy” who still has nightmares about his life prior to defecting.
Lee said Oh is grateful for the men who helped to save his life: “He told me that he is so thankful for South Koreans for saving his life and giving him that much blood.”