>> There's an unlikely patient at this hospital in South Korea, a soldier from the other side of the world's most heavily militarized border.>> There are more than seven ruptures of the internal organs, and several of them are penetrating wounds.>> Doctors have pulled five bullets from the North Korean who was shot up by his own countrymen on Monday as he attempted to cross the border and flee to the South.
US and South Korean soldiers managed to rescue him but he's in critical condition with an estimated two bullets still inside his body. As Reuters Christine Kim reports, it was a dramatic escape.>> He was driving his way towards the South in a four wheel drive vehicle when the car became cut and the wheel became loose.
This forced north wing soldier to make his way across the border on foot and the South Korean Military hasn't been very clear on when the shooting began and ended. But it was around this time when the soldier was shot by four North Korean soldiers.>> South Korean officials say there was a hail of bullets from the North as the soldier ran to the demilitarized zone.
He was found unarmed and rushed to surgery while still in his uniform which indicated he held a lower rank.>> Soldiers defecting into Korean border in general, are more commonly found than one might think. Recently some of these soldiers were reportedly found to have told authorities they wanted to defect to South Korea after listening to the loud speaker broadcast from South Korea's military or after watching South Korean television drama shows secretly and becoming exposed to South Korean culture.
>> Official say Seoul has informed Kungyan of the wounded soldier's condition. A UN investigation is also underway.