Otto Warmbier, released to United States from North Korea, non-responsive to speech

Alejandro Massey
June 19, 2017

Otto Warmbier was returned to the United states and his home state of OH on Tuesday. Otto Warmbier was finally repatriated 17 months into his detention, after the U.S. State Department bargained for his freedom, under the direction of President Trump. "Those were our efforts", Fred said.

Fred also said they followed the Obama administration to keep a low profile.

U.S. student Otto Warmbier has been freed from jail in North Korea, 13 months after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labour.

He was medically evacuated from North Korea and arrived in Cincinnati late Tuesday. In 2014 a United Nations commission of inquiry found that thousands of people were routinely detained in facilities across the country, held in inhumane conditions and subjected to torture and forced labour.

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert (NOW'-ert) says the US hopes the other Americans will be able to return home soon.

Doctors at a Cincinnati hospital where Warmbier is being treated said the young man is suffering from severe brain injuries.

The father of Otto Warmbier, a North Korean prisoner released Tuesday, blamed former President Barack Obama's administration for not doing enough for his son's faster release from the isolated country.

Unlike in a coma, patients with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome are technically awake and can show small signs of eye movement, such as blinking, even if they don't display conscious awareness or reaction to their surroundings like in Warmbier's case.

Warmbier, who was in a coma when he was released, suffered "extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain", one of his doctors said.

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They declined to discuss his prognosis or speculate about the future, at the family's request. They said they wanted all to know they and their son had been "brutalised and terrorised by the pariah regime". The reclusive country accused the University of Virginia student of anti-state activities. White calls him a "curious boy" and says his adventurous nature led him to travel extensively during summers. And this is where doctors have called North Korea's bluff. Two security officials stopped and took Warmbier to a private room. According to reports, his son is stable but has "suffered from severe neurological injury", Warmbier's father said.

Dr. Jordan Bonomo said Warmbier, 22, has "no fractures to the bone and has minor blemishes on his skin".

Doctors plan a news conference on campus later Thursday.

North Korea continues to detain three Americans: Kim Dong Chul, a Virginia businessman; Kim Sang Duk, a university professor; and Kim Hak-dong, also a university professor. He was then flown back to the USA where received urgent medical attention from a team of physicians at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Ohio.

"Otto, I love you and I'm so insane about you, I'm so glad you're home, you are such a great guy", Fred said through tears during the press conference.

Fred Warmbier shared an emotional moment with supporters after he left the news conference.

Warmbier's family said they were told by North Korean officials, through contacts with American envoys, Warmbier fell ill from botulism some time after his March 2016 trial and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill, the Washington Post reported.

He said Otto "is not in great shape right now" and that his family is "adjusting to a different reality".

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