Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Otto Warmbier Suffered 'Extensive Loss Of Brain Tissue,' No Sign Of Botulism

Otto Warmbier Suffered 'Extensive Loss Of Brain Tissue,' No Sign Of Botulism

Fred Warmbier says he doesn't believe the North Korean government when it claims his son fell into a coma shortly after he was sentenced in March 2016.

According to doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Warmbier is a vegetable.

The university student, who had been on a tourist trip, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor, a punishment the United States decried as far out of proportion to his alleged crime, accusing the North of using him as a political pawn.

His parents, Fred and Cindy, said they learned earlier this month he has been in a coma for a year.

The student's father, Fred Warmbier doesn't believe that his son's condition was caused by a sleeping pill and botulism, as told by North Korean officials. Otto wore the same coat on March 16, 2016, during the televised "confession" of his crimes against the North Korean people and government.

The American college student freed by North Korea suffered serious neurological damage during his 17-month detention, his father revealed Thursday.

He stressed there was no reason for #North Korea to deny his son top medical care and he doesn't understand why they kept Otto's condition a secret.

Price said Thursday the Obama administration's efforts secured the release of at least 10 other Americans from North Korea.

When asked by reporters if he would bring up the cases of Warmbier and three other Americans detained in North Korea, Rodman said, "That's not my objective right now". "When Otto was first taken we were advised by the previous administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release. They have our thanks for bringing him home".

Warmbier also expressed disbelief at North Korea's explanation for his son's condition.

Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor in North Korea.

"It was only a week ago that the North Korean government now claims that he was in a coma for nearly all of that time".

At the request of the family, doctors would not publicly discuss Warmbier's prognosis or chances of recovery.

On Thursday afternoon, doctors told reporters that Wermbier was in 'a state of unresponsive wakefulness'.

Medical officials said that condition is often caused by cardiopulmonary arrest that results in an inadequate supply of blood to the brain. Otto Warmbier visited North Korea as part of a tour organized by a China-based company.

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.

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