Family Says Otto Warmbier, American Released By North Korea, Has Died

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

Doctors plan a news conference on campus later Thursday.

Additionally, he showed no signs of infection, and his vital signs are stable.

Kanter and fellow University of Cincinnati physicians Brandon Foreman and Jordan Bonomo said they saw no sign of active botulism poisoning.

The doctors said he does not give consistent responses and has not engaged in any purposeful movements or behavior.

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

While there was no physical evidence he was beaten, doctors said that Warmbier had suffered "extensive loss of brain tissue", suggesting he had lost blood supply to his brain for a period of time. Fred Warmbier said the country kept his son's condition secret and "denied him top-notch care". His wife, Cindy Warmbier, remained by her son's side at a University of Cincinnati Health hospital. When asked about his son's condition, he replied, "We are making him comfortable". Blue-and-white ribbons were tied around trees and utility poles along the main road.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo). Friends and relatives gather to listen as Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, as he speaks during a news conference, Thursday.

Pyongyang said that Warmbier fell into a coma soon after he was sentenced in March of a year ago for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel. Fred Warmbier, Otto's father, has refuted that account.

Otto Warmbier, a USA citizen who was freed last week after more than a year in North Korean detention, has died.

North Korean officials agreed to let Swedish officials visit Warmbier and three other American who are still being detained by North Korea. He says efforts to get Warmbier home never ceased.

"Otto is not in great shape right now", Fred Warmbier, Otto's father, told Fox News in an interview Wednesday. "He looked very uncomfortable - nearly anguished", the family said.

Otto is now being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Residents of the northern Cincinnati suburb tied blue-and-white ribbons, the school colors, to trees near the family's home.

An American college student who was being detained in North Korea for a minor crime has returned home in a coma, and everyone wants to know why. The state-run Korean Central News Agency on Thursday did not comment on his medical condition.

Otto's release came on the same day that former basketball and reality star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea, where he brought a gift for Dictator Kim Jong Un, President Trump's 1987 book "The Art of the Deal".

Such detentions in the totalitarian nation have added to tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. To complicate matters further, three more Americans are currently being held by North Korea: a Korean-American college accounting professor Kim Sang Duk, businessman Kim Dong Chul, who was born in North Korea but is now a naturalized USA citizen, and Kim Hak-Song, who is also an American college professor. "North Korea doesn't do anything out of the kindness of their heart".

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