The 22-Year-Old Still Unresponsive, UC Doctor States

Monday, 19 Jun, 2017

Dr. Daniel Kanter, medical director of the neuroscience intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, shared Warmbier's present state at a press conference.

"However, he shows no signs of understanding language, responding to verbal commands or awareness to his surroundings". Warmbier said Trump was "very candid" during the call and told him Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other USA officials worked hard to negotiate Otto Warmbier's release.

North Korean authorities claimed Warmbier's coma was caused by botulism and a sleeping pill, an explanation his doctors dismissed on Thursday. A CNN report said doctors found significant contractions and weakness in Warmbier's legs, though they are unsure of the cause.

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

For his alleged crime, Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Twenty-two-year-old Otto Warmbier's (WORM'-birz) high school English teacher, Danica White, says he was an outstanding student with "a good heart".

Warmbier, 22, a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, was medically evacuated to the USA on Wednesday.

"They lure Americans and then they take them hostage and then they do things to them and that's what happened to my son", Warmbier said, per USNews.com.

At a news conference earlier on Thursday, father Fred Warmbier said they are left with many questions and no answers.

An Ohio hospital spokeswoman says the American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma suffered a "severe neurological injury".

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However, it is not known if Rodman met up with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the five-day trip, which he said was an attempt to open a door with the isolated country.

This type of brain injury is usually seen as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest, meaning heart or lung malfunctions may have prevented oxygen from reaching the brain through a person's blood supply, causing brain tissue to die, he explained.

Warmbier's release coincided with basketball star Dennis Rodman's latest visit to North Korea, though Michael Anton, a USA national security spokesman, told CNN there is no connection between the two.

That didn't stop Woolston from taking the shots that captured the world's attention this week, a series of photos which show Warmbier, held as a prisoner in North Korea for 17 months, being carried off the plane without the use of a stretcher.

And at a further meeting in NY on June 6, Yun learned of Warmbier's medical condition for the first time, said spokeswoman Heather Nauert, outlining the release effort.

Fred Warmbier thanked Ohio Senator Rob Portman for his help with bringing Otto home and said the family received "a very nice phone call" from President Donald Trump on Wednesday night.

Warmbier had not been seen in public since his sentencing over a year ago. However, Rodman reportedly said the issue was "not my objective right now".

Veteran former USA politician and diplomat Bill Richardson also offered on Friday to visit North Korea to try to secure their release.

But Yun managed to see the other three detained Americans while in Pyongyang, providing the US with much-sought information about their condition.