Ambassador Suffered Nerve Damage, Receives 80 Stitches, Recovering Well

Doctors report that U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert is recovering well following morning attack. While defending himself after being slashed in the face by assailant, Lippert received a puncture wound in his left wrist, causing nerve damage –which has been repaired.

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.

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Lippert’s attacker, Kim Ki-jong was taken into custody at the scene. He is reportedly an ultra-nationalist activist who is against the joint U.S.-South Korea military drills that began this week, according to Yonhap. The attacker screamed “South and North Korea should be reunified,” before the attack, the Associated Press reports. Kim previously attacked the Japanese ambassador in 2010, throwing a piece of concrete at her at an event in Seoul. He also attempted to set himself on fire in 2007 in an attempt to get the Korean government to investigate a gang-rape that occurred at an office building he worked at in 1988.

 “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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