North Korean defector shot five times crossing border receives lifetime supply of Choco Pies

A North Korean defector, who made his daring escape to South Korea in November, will now receive a lifetime supply of popular Korean treat Choco Pies.

Oh Chong Song was shot five times by North Korean armed forces, as he crossed the border into South Korea and was rushed to hospital, where he underwent several surgeries.

Soon after regaining consciousness, the man apparently told doctors he was craving a Choco Pie, the Daily Mail reports. 

Choco Pies are a chocolate-coated biscuit and marshmallow snack that are hugely popular on both sides of the Korean border.

A black market for the treats thrives in North Korea, to the point where North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un has allegedly ordered Pyongyang to begin producing its own brand.

When the maker of Choco Pies - South Korean company Orion - heard about the defector's story, it sent him 100 boxes of the snacks to welcome him to South Korea. 

Orion has reportedly promised that Mr Song will never be without his favourite snack in his new life. An spokesperson told the Korea Herald that the company's generosity was not a PR stunt. 

"We sent the Choco Pies as a welcoming present to Oh, who came to Korea, after going through hardship. It was not an act for publicity."

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