Otto Warmbier in state of 'unresponsive wakefulness,' doctors say

Warmbier's father Fred lashed out earlier Thursday at the North Korean regime, saying he did not believe its claim that his son contracted botulism and fell into a coma shortly after being arrested a year ago.

"Even if you believe their explanation of botulism and a sleeping pill causing a coma - and we don't - there is no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition a secret and denied him top-notch medical care for so long", he added. Warmbier, serving a 15-year prison term for alleged anti-state acts, was released and medically evacuated from the reclusive country Tuesday and has been in a coma for months, his parents said.

According to the North Korean government, Otto Warmbier contracted botulism after his trial and fell into a coma after taking a sleeping pill. He wore the same jacket Otto wore during his video confession to a North Korean court.

The Warmbier's have said their son was "terrorized and brutalized" by Kim Jong-Un's regime.

Fred Warmbier thanked President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for securing Otto's release.

Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said there should be an investigation into what happened to Mr Warmbier, saying it was a "tragic situation".

Warmbier was released Tuesday from North Korea, where he had been jailed for more than 17 months. "Otto, I love you so much, I'm insane about you and I'm so glad you're home".

FILE - In this February 29, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks as he is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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Warmbier said that his son's return has been bittersweet.

At this time, Warmbier has yet to say anything, though, he remains in a state of unresponsive wakefulness.

Residents of the Cincinnati suburb plan to gather at the Wyoming Civic Center at 10 a.m. and then line Springfield Pike in a show of support for the Warmbiers. "We did so without result".

Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement they learned of their son's condition a week before his release.

A southwest OH college student held captive by North Korea for more than a year was released Tuesday.

Another Ohioan previously held by North Korea: Warmbier is the second southwest Ohio resident to be held captive and released by North Korea in the past three years.

Bill Richardson, a former USA ambassador to the United Nations, called for an investigation into what happened to Warmbier.

  • Zachary Reyes