Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Comatose US Student Freed by North Korea Has Severe Brain Injury

Otto Warmbier Has Extensive Brain Damage, Doctors Say Editorial: North Korea's outrageous mistreatment of a US student must not go unpunished
Sammy Stanley | 29 June, 2017, 09:05

Warmbier arrived in OH after be.

Foreign nationals have also been detained on political grounds, including two U.S. university professors in Pyongyang who were arrested this year for allegedly plotting anti-state acts.

Ojea Quintana called on North Korea to "clarify the causes and circumstances" of Otto Warmbier's release.

The 22-year-old has suffered extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain, doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said in a news conference Thursday. He spontaneously opens and blinks his eyes but doesn't seem to understand language, respond to verbal commands or be aware of his surroundings. "He has not spoken".

The reclusive country accused the University of Virginia student of anti-state activities.

Gratton told the Post he has been in intermittent contact with Warmbier's parents over the past 18 months - and that he's "stunned" nobody from the USA government or the tour group ever tried to contact him to ask him if he had any information about what happened.

The elder Warmbier said his family doesn't believe the excuse given by North Korea that Otto's condition today was due to a sleeping pill and botulism.

North Korea claimed that Warmbier's brain damage is due to botulism, but Warmbier's doctors said Thursday they have found no evidence to support that claim.

He said there was no reason for North Korea to keep his son's condition, apparently dating back to March 2016, a secret and to deny him top medical care. He was charged with "hostile acts against the state" and, after a sham trial, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Dr. Daniel Kanter, director of Neurocritical Care Program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said his coma was likely caused from cardiac or respiratory arrest, which decreases blood supply and results in the death of brain tissue.

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The news shed light on the Warmbier family's statement that their son suffered severe brain damage at some point in his 17 months of detention.

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

On Thursday, North Korea said that it had released Warmbier "on humanitarian grounds".

After a sham trial, #Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment by the #North Korean government.

A Department of State spokeswoman won't say what envoy Joseph Yun gleaned about the medical conditions of the other Americans.

Frank Warmbier said he felt "anger that he was so brutally treated for so long", referring to his son, but was relieved he is "now home in the arms of those who love him". In fact, North Korean's are super friendly and accommodating, if you let them into your world.

Asked by a reporter if he felt the Obama administration should have done more to help, Warmbier replied, "I think the results speak for themselves".

The group landed in Beijing Capital International Airport, but when their tour guide called a colleague, who was with Warmbier still in North Korea, he said he couldn't travel because he felt ill.

Warmbier's vital signs were stable upon arrival, Kanter said. It was widely speculated that Rodman would take up the issue of US citizens detained in North Korea. "Two guards just come over and simply tapped Otto on the shoulder and led him away", Gratton said.

This latest visit comes amid high tensions between Washington and Pyongyang following a series of missile tests by the North, which have triggered tightened United Nations sanctions. The North accused the University of Virginia student of entering the country under the guise of a tourist and plotting against the nation's unity with "the tacit connivance of the USA government".

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