The US ambassador to South Korea underwent two and a half hours of surgery and received 80 stitches following the knife attack by a militant Korean nationalist in Seoul Thursday morning.
The gash caused by a razor was a sizable 11 centimeters long and 3 centimeters deep according to reports.
Witnesses said the diplomat was forced to “fight from his seat”, suffering another puncture wound to his left wrist, before security officers were able to subdue his attacker.
The dramatic images that rocked South Korea this morning showed Lippert, being rushed from the scene with blood pouring from his face and hand.
Speaking to the press, doctors say his condition is stable after undergoing “very successful” surgery, and that the cut to his wrist had caused nerve damage that has been repaired.
Lippert is expected to stay in hospital for three to four days.
“The guy comes in … He yells something, goes up to the ambassador and slashes him in the face,” witness Michael Lammbrau of the Arirang Institute thinktank told the Reuters news agency.
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