A North Korean soldier was in news earlier this year for trying to cross the country to South Korea. The defector was then taken to the hospital after he was shot by his own comrades. Oh Chong Song was hit in the knee, arm, back, chest and shoulders. There were also reports that doctors had found his body riddled with parasites and was suffering from Hepatitis B. The man is again in news for getting a lifetime supply of Choco Pies after he asked for one waking up from surgery. Oh Chong woke up in Ajou University Hospital in South Korea and told doctors he was craving a Choco Pie. The snack is a sweet treat liked in both the countries and now the man will get a lifetime supply of the pies.
Choco Pies which are biscuits coated with chocolate and marshmallow are quite popular in the Korean countries. According to Daily Mail, Choco Pies are smuggled into North Korea and there is a black market thriving on it. It even resulted in a furious Kim Jong-un producing its own brand of Choco Pie to end the sweets from North Korea being smuggled in South.
When Choco Pie maker, South Korean snack firm Orion knew about the defector’s craving for his product, he decided to send him 100 boxes to welcome him to South Korea. Daily Mail quoted Korea Herald as saying, “We sent the Choco Pies as a welcoming present to Oh, who came to Korea after going through hardship. It was not an act of publicity.”
A lawmaker of South Korea’s ruling party, briefed by the National Intelligence Service said that Oh is believed to be an army staff sergeant who was stationed in the Joint Security Area in the United Nations truce village of Panmunjom, according to Kim Byung-kee. Oh Chong was airlifted to hospital, where he underwent two rounds of emergency surgery.