Former North Korean soldier Oh Chong Song, who made headlines with his daring defection in November 2017, has shared his story in his first public television interview with a US broadcaster.
He told NBC Nightly News that it is a “miracle” he is still alive, a sentiment shared by the US military personnel and South Korean doctors who fought to save him after he was shot five times.
Around 30,000 North Koreans have defected since the Korean War to escape the tragedy that is life in North Korea.
A North Korean defector who made a mad dash to freedom amid a hail of bullets in November 2017 says he’s lucky to be alive.
In his first television interview with a US broadcaster since his escape, Oh Chong Song told NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt that it’s a “miracle” he made it out.
Oh, a former North Korean soldier, made international headlines when he bolted through the Demilitarized Zone into South Korea, suffering multiple gunshot wounds as his comrades, hot on his heels, pumped rounds into the fleeing man.
“I was extremely terrified,” Oh told NBC, recounting his escape. “I was wearing a padded jacket and the bullet penetrated through here and came out this way. Because of that penetration wound, the muscle there was blown apart and I could feel the warmth of the blood flowing underneath me. I still ran.”
He collapsed on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone. “I did think that I was going to die as I was lying there,” he explained. South Korean soldiers rushed to him and dragged him to cover.
Oh’s daring escape was captured on video:
“I watch this video once in a while and every time I see it, I realize the fact that I am alive is a miracle,” Oh explained. “I can’t …read more
Source:: Business Insider