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North Korean doctors die after wives inject them with 'anti-drunkenness serum'

The men had been drinking cocktails throughout the evening.

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TWO NORTH KOREAN doctors have reportedly died of drunkeness after their wives injected them with an unknown substance to counteract the effects of the alcohol.

The Phnom Penh Post reports that the two men drank numerous cocktails at their home in Cambodia that caused them to develop a “very high temperature”.

The paper quotes a local police chief who says that police arrived at the house and found 14 North Korean nationals there, including the deceased men and their wives.

It’s believed those present had been eating and drinking for the evening.

An autopsy report concluded that both men died of a heart attack with alcohol cited as the cause.

Police chief Khan Khun Tith quoted one of the wives, also a doctor, as saying:

After arriving home, we [the wives] checked their conditions, and their temperature had reached 40 degrees Celsius, and their heartbeat was abnormal and their pulses abnormally weak.So we tried to save them by injecting medicine and serum to weaken the intoxication, but an hour later, they had a heart attack and died.

Police say that the deaths were reported to the North Korean embassy before they were informed.

The report goes on to say that police were at first suspicious of scratches on one of the  victim’s chest, but accepted that he had clawed at himself due to the pain of the heart attack.

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