Doctor: No Evidence To Support North Korea's Explanation For Comatose College Student

Cheryl Sanders
June 24, 2017

Otto Warmbier, whose father says was "brutalised and terrorised" while detained for 17 months in North Korea and had fallen into a coma during that time, has a "severe" neurological injury, a hospital official said. North Korea reportedly told the USA that Warmbier contracted botulism poisoning and fell into a coma soon after his March 2016 trial, in which he confessed to stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel.

Warmbier's parents Fred and Cindy announced his release in a statement to CNN on Tuesday, saying that they were told their son was given a sleeping pill soon after his trial in March 2016 and never woke.

Fred Warmbier told reporters at a press conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday morning the release came after he and his wife decided the "time for strategic patience was over", the BBC reported.

Warmbier said the Obama administration urged the family to maintain a low profile while the administration tried to retrieve Otto.

"We have no certain or verifiable knowledge of the cause or circumstances of his neurological injury", Kanter said.

"We have no certain info about what happened to Otto", Foreman said. Warmbier says Otto was taken hostage... then treated as a war criminal, with no access to anyone for 15 months.

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says there should be an investigation into what happened to an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and was returned to his home state of OH in a coma. According to doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Warmbier is a vegetable.

He said he felt "anger that [Otto] was so brutally treated for so long" but was relieved his son was "now home in the arms of those who love him". "But Otto, I love you and I'm so insane about you".

"We pray for him and we pray for his family", said Thomas Shannon, a high-ranking State Department official".

Dr Kanter said that Warmbier had suffered "extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain" but declined to discuss Mr Warmbier's prognosis.

The father of a United States university student repatriated in a coma this week after being held in North Korea for 17 months says his son was "brutalised and terrorised" in custody.

Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor in North Korea after he tearfully confessed that he tried to steal a propaganda banner while visiting the country. Joseph Yun, Washington's special envoy on North Korea, added they were working to secure their freedom as well.

Warmbier also said he received a phone call from President Trump late Wednesday that he described as "kind".

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