Doctors say Warmbier is unresponsive
- Author: Anthony Vega Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 4:15
University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who was medically evacuated from a 17-month detention in North Korea this week, has extensive loss of brain tissue and is in a state of unresponsive wakefulness, University of Cincinnati doctors said Thursday afternoon.
Over the next five days, and after consulting Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson instructed Yun to travel to North Korea to negotiate Warmbier's release. "Relief that Otto is now home in the arms of those who love him, and anger that he was so brutally treated for so long", Mr. Warmbier said.
Warmbier, the 22-year-old University of Virginia student, returned to his OH home in a coma earlier this week after spending 17 months in the North on charges of stealing a political propaganda poster.
North Korean authorities claimed Warmbier's coma was caused by botulism and a sleeping pill, an explanation his doctors dismissed on Thursday. "It was kind", Fred Warmbier said.
The North Korea FAQ page makes no reference to Warmbier's January 2016 arrest at the Pyongyang International Airport as he was trying to board a plane home with his Young Pioneer Tours group. He says no family should have to endure what he has.
Asked by a reporter whether he believes President Barack Obama's administration could have done more to secure Otto Warmbier's release, Fred Warmbier replied simply, "I think the results speak for themselves". The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.
How the news of Warmbier's condition might impact North Korea's fledgling tourism market remains unclear.
Eventually "someone realizes that the worst of all possible worlds is for the guy to die in custody", he said, at which point the North embarked on a flurry of secret diplomatic activity which led to Warmbier's release.
She says Yun's visit to Warmbier along with two doctors took place in a North Korean hospital.
In online marketing materials, Young Pioneer Tours describes North Korea as a country with excellent beer and fascinating sites, though they warn that customers can not travel alone and must always be accompanied by guides.
Survivors of North Korea's concentration camps draw what they witnessed.
The next time the world saw Warmbier he was distraught, breaking down in front of Korean journalists in a video released by North Korea in February of 2016. He was then transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
The doctors said they are not aware of anything from his previous medical history, prior to his time in North Korea, that might cause cardiopulmonary arrest.
In Wyoming, a northern Cincinnati suburb of about 8,000 people, Warmbier's return to the United States was marked by blue and white ribbons, representing the colours of the local high school, tied around trees and telephone polls. How did Warmbier fall into this coma? And he doesn't care what people think about his sadistic prison guards beating a defenseless college student into a coma.
That could change as Warmbier's case gets more publicity, he said. "Tourism is very welcomed in North Korea, and thus tourists are cherished and well taken care of".
The father of the man held for almost a year and half by North Korea is thanking the Trump administration for "aggressively" working to secure his release.
Though Warmbier supposedly had been in a coma for more than a year, the US didn't learn the full extent of his condition until Yun and the doctors saw him in a Pyongyang hospital.