Warmbier 'brutalized, terrorized' in N. Korea: father

"We did what we could, we tried to stay low, we were advised that it was important that you don't upset the North Koreans", Warmbier said. The next day, Warmbier was flown to a US base in Japan before making the longer journey to OH to be reunited with his family.

According to scans taken after he arrived at the Cincinnati Medical Center earlier this week, there was no sign that he was physically abused during his detention, his doctors said.

"Even though they're saddened by his condition, they're just glad for the family that he is home", McCauley said.

Cincinnati doctors say Warmbier suffered a severe neurological injury and is in stable condition. Some media reports said the North Koreans suggested he had come down with a case of botulism and fell into a coma after being given a sleeping pill - an account questioned by a number of officials.

The NBA Hall of Famer is perhaps the only person in the world who has personal relationships with both the US President - he participated on Trump's pre-presidency reality TV show, "The Celebrity Apprentice" - and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

He returned home to OH on Tuesday in a coma after being "brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime", his family said in a statement. Warmbier was released Monday on humanitarian grounds.

Two people hug outside the plane carrying Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, before he is transferred from a transport aircraft to an ambulance at Lunken regional airport, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Cincinnati.

"His neurological condition can be best described as a state of unresponsive wakefulness", said Dr Daniel Kanter. As he mentions at the beginning of this, he's wearing the same jacket his son wore during his show trial in North Korea previous year.

Fred Warmbier also stated that President Trump called him on Wednesday night, saying, "It was a really nice conversation".

"We are not burdened with whatever North Korea says or does any longer", he said.

Pyongyang still has three other Americans in custody, and Fred Warmbier called on North Korea on Thursday to release them, so no other family would have to suffer as his has over the past year. "To be honest, I had avoided conversations with him because to what end I'm dealing with my son".

But Yun managed to see the other three detained Americans while in Pyongyang, providing the US with much-sought information about their condition.

Asked whether he thought the previous administration could have done more, Fred Warmbier replied: "I think the results speak for themselves".

  • Leroy Wright