American Held in N. Korea Hospitalized

Family worried about Kenneth Bae's health

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 11, 2013 12:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – The family of an American man detained in North Korea says he's been hospitalized, and the need to bring him home is becoming more urgent. Terri Chung is the sister of Kenneth Bae, a tour operator and Christian missionary who has been detained for the past nine months. She said today the family recently learned her 45-year-old brother, who suffers from an enlarged heart, liver problems, and back pain, has been transferred from a labor camp to a hospital.

She says a deputy ambassador from Sweden met with Bae at the hospital Friday. Sweden acts on behalf of American interests in Pyongyang because the US has no diplomatic relations with North Korea. Bae was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for alleged subversive activities. His sister says he has lost more than 50 pounds.

This 2011 family photo provided by Terri Chung shows Kenneth Bae. Bae, an American tour operator and Christian missionary, was arrested in North Korea last November.
This 2011 family photo provided by Terri Chung shows Kenneth Bae. Bae, an American tour operator and Christian missionary, was arrested in North Korea last November.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Terri Chung)
In this undated family photo provided by Terri Chung, Kenneth Bae poses with his niece Ella in Washington state.
In this undated family photo provided by Terri Chung, Kenneth Bae poses with his niece Ella in Washington state.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Terri Chung)
This undated family photo provided by Terri Chung shows Kenneth Bae.
This undated family photo provided by Terri Chung shows Kenneth Bae.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Terri Chung)
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