Slash attack envoy offered dog meat

Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A well-wisher has tried to offer dog meat to injured US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, as he recovers from an attack by a knife-wielding anti-US activist.

The man, who looked to be in his 70s, arrived at Seoul’s Severance Hospital with a package that he said was dog meat and seaweed soup, according to a hospital official.

The man asked the food to be delivered to Mr Lippert to help him heal, but the hospital rejected the food because of rules for patients’ health and security, the official said.

South Koreans commonly offer dog meat to patients recovering from surgery based on old beliefs that it helps heal wounds.

A dog lover, Mr Lippert, 42, had been regularly seen walking his basset hound, Grigsby, near his residence in Seoul before the attack on Thursday, which left him with deep gashes on his face and arm and damaged tendons and nerves.

Mr Lippert is recovering well in his third day of treatment. He is expected to stay at the hospital until Wednesday, according to hospital spokesman Kim Whi-yoon.

While Mr Lippert has been complaining of pain in the wound near his left wrist and a finger where doctors repaired nerve damage, he told doctors that the pain has become less intense, Mr Kim said.

The hospital plans to remove the 80 stitches on Mr Lippert’s face through separate procedures on Monday and Tuesday. Hospital officials said he may experience sensory problems in his left hand for several months.

The Seoul Central District Court granted a police request for the formal arrest of the suspect, Kim Ki-jong, 55, who could face charges including attempted murder, assaulting a foreign envoy, obstruction, and violating a controversial law that bans praise or assistance for North Korea.

Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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