Korean treatment of Otto Warmbier, father says

Danny Woods
June 16, 2017

Released North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier suffered extensive brain damage and shows no current signs of botulism, doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said Thursday.

Although the North Korean regime claims that Warmbier's coma is a result of botulism and a sleeping pill, Warmbier's dad, Fred Warmbier, asserted during the press conference at his son's old high school in Wyoming, Ohio, that his son was brutalized and terrorized by his captors.

"We don't believe anything they (North Korea) say", Fred Warmbier said".

Warmbier was released from a North Korean prison and returned home to suburban Cincinnati on Tuesday in a coma.

Rodman was asked by reporters Tuesday if he would bring up the cases of Warmbier and three other Americans detained in North Korea.

Warbier was explicitly asked during the press conference whether he believed the Obama administration did enough to help them secure the release of their son.

The doctors added: "The Warmbier family has shown incredible courage, strength, and compassion".

"We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

Warmbier is a University of Virginia student who arrived back home in OH on Tuesday in a coma.

Former U.S. ambassador Bill Richardson, who Warmbier also thanked for his efforts, credited the State Department with getting Otto released with no preconditions.

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

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The U.S. recently obtained intelligence reports suggesting that North Korean authorities brutally beat Warmbier while in custody, a senior American official told The New York Times.

In its first official comment since Mr Warmbier was returned home, North Korea said it released him for humanitarian reasons.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was detained on January 2, 2016, at Pyongyang International Airport, while visiting the country as a tourist with Young Pioneer Tours. "We are not burdened by what North Korea says or does any longer".

Due to family wishes, they will not give out his prognosis.

Yun met with the North Korean ambassador to the U.N.in NY on June 6 and was told of Warmbier's medical status.

"Again, we have very limited information about what happened prior to his departure from North Korea".

Warmbier says he worked behind the scenes with USA and Swedish officials to get his son out.

White says she kept in touch with the University of Virginia student after he left her class. During his statement, Fred Warmbier rejected North Korea's explanation for his son's condition. He was medically evacuated and reunited with his family Tuesday.

Warmbier's medical team said they had found no evidence of botulism, the explanation given by the North Korean regime for how the young man fell into a coma shortly after being sentenced in March 2016 for stealing a political poster from a hotel.

While doctors are uncertain as to what exactly caused the condition, cardiac arrest that stops the flow of blood to the brain is generally seen as resulting in the death of brain tissue.

Kanter said that while Warmbier has spontaneous moments of eye opening, he has not spoken or made any purposeful movements.

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