U.S. Envoy to Throw Thank-You Party for Police, Doctors

      April 14, 2015 12:06

      U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert poses with actors after watching a musical (above) and drinks with American reporters (below) in Seoul in these photos he tweeted.

      U.S. Ambassador to Korea Mark Lippert is holding a reception to thank around 100 police officers and doctors who looked after him when he was attacked by a slasher last month.

      The U.S. Embassy on Monday said the reception takes place at Lippert’s official residence at 6 p.m. Tuesday. It will include a dinner and musical performance.

      Guests include the head of Severance Hospital, the doctors who treated Lippert's injuries, police, the journalist who called an ambulance and other people who helped the envoy.

      Lippert sent a video message for the 130th anniversary of Severance Hospital last week to thank staff there. He also sent personal thank-you cards to those invited to the reception.

      Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding extremist in downtown Seoul on March 5 and sustained injuries to his face and hand. He was preparing to speak at a forum in the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts when Kim Ki-jong (56) attacked him .

      Lippert had emergency surgery and was released after five days in hospital. He returned to work on March 19.

      Lippert seems to have recovered, tweeting photos of himself drinking boilermakers with reporters who accompanied U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to Seoul last week. He also went to the Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday to watch a musical.

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