http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42021373A North Korean soldier who was shot fleeing across the border had an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors say.
The defector crossed the demilitarised zone on Monday, but was shot several times by North Korean border guards.
Doctors say the patient is stable - but "an enormous number" of worms in his body are contaminating his wounds and making his situation worse.
His condition is thought to give a rare insight into life in North Korea.
"I've never seen anything like this in my 20 years as a physician", South Korean doctor Lee Cook-Jong told journalists, explaining the longest worm removed from the patient's intestines was 27cm (11in) long.
Ahhhh!! I hate those things.