The surgeon who saved the life of a North Korean defector after he had been shot four times during a mad dash across the border has spoken of the moment the soldier was airlifted into his hospital.

Lee Cook-Jong described 24-year-old Oh Chong Song as ‘like a broken jar’, saying the medical team at the Seoul hospital had to keep carrying out blood transfusions as he was losing so much.

Song had been shot four times as he ran across the border, and Dr Lee also found that his body was riddled with parasites and Hepatitis B.

Saving a life: A video shows the moment the 24-year-old soldier arrived at a hospital in Seoul after he was shot four times defecting from North Korea