Otto Warmbier Returns Home From NK In Coma
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 12:59
The father of the University of Virginia student who was released from North Korea this week said USA basketball Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman's visit to Pyongyang had no connection to the freeing of Otto Warmbier.
But he said the U.S. government had to respond forcefully if it was determined Mr Warmbier's condition was not disclosed "and he didn't get proper treatment".
Kanter and his colleagues say they've found no evidence that Warmbier, who has demonstrated no awareness of his surroundings, suffered from the effects of botulism - a finding that appears to contradict the explanation offered by his North Korean captors. "Otto has been terrorized and brutalized for 18 months by a pariah regime in North Korea". He said Trump was very kind and concerned about his son.
Upon learning about Warmbier's condition, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Yun to take a delegation to North Korea.
His condition is stable, but he has experienced a "severe neurological injury". He said Warmbier was breathing on his own.
The doctors said Warmbier's severe brain injury was most likely - given his young age - to have been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain.
After the family of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea, spoke out on his return to OH, his doctors provided an update on his condition.
After restating the question for other reporters who could not hear it, Warmbier gave a quick answer.
Earlier on Thursday, Mr Warmbier's father expressed doubts about the North Korean account of what caused the University of Virginia student's coma.
Warmbier is in the intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
"He has not spoken", Kanter said at a news conference.
Warmbier's family said they were told by North Korean officials, through contacts with American envoys, that Warmbier fell ill from botulism some time after his trial and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill, the Washington Post reported.
Warmbier has undergone a full list of imaging and diagnostic tests.
Warmbier has been serving a 15-year sentence for "anti-state" activities, which he was sentenced to after attempting to take down a propaganda poster in his hotel.
"His neurological condition can be best described as a state of unresponsive wakefulness", Dr. Daniel Kanter, director of the hospital's neurocritical care program, told a news conference. He told TIME that Warmbier's return to the USA does not exempt North Korea from facing consequences going forward.
The family feels "relief that Otto is now home in the arms of those who love him and anger that he was so brutally treated for so long", his father said.