Doctor says 24-year-old known as Oh needed two bodies’ worth of blood transfusions to save him and has nightmares about being sent back over border

North Korea’s latest defector, a young soldier being identified only by his family name Oh, is a quiet, pleasant man who has nightmares about being returned to the North, his surgeon has said.

“He’s a pretty nice guy,” said lead surgeon John Cook-Jong Lee, who has been operating and caring for the 24-year-old. Oh has become a focus of worldwide attention after he was shot and badly wounded by fellow North Korean soldiers as he scrambled across the border in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates North and South on 13 November.

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