What happened to Warmbier is a awful thing

What happened to Warmbier is a awful thing

What happened to Warmbier is a awful thing

File- American college student Otto Warmbier has been released after more than 17 months in detention in North Korea but has been in a coma for over a year, according to his parents. It's not known whether his confession was voluntary.

"He announced that Warmbier "[showed] no sign of understanding language, responding to verbal commands or [being aware of] his surroundings".

Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to Cincinnati late Tuesday. But an analysis of images from North Korea of Warmbier's brain dated April 2016 suggests the injury occurred in the preceding weeks. "He has not engaged in any purposeful movements", Kanter said.

"This pattern of brain injury is usually seen as result of cardiopulmonary arrest where blood supply to (the) brain is inadequate for a period of time, resulting in the death of brain tissue". He had been on a tour of the reclusive country, his parents said.

Hyeon Soo Lim, a pastor who has lived in the Toronto area for three decades after emigrating from South Korea, has been detained in North Korea since 2015.

Family says Otto Warmbier has been in a coma since March 2016, shortly after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labour.

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The father saluted his son as a brilliant, adventurous and courageous man who did what he could to endure brutality and terror.

There was no evidence indicating botulism, Foreman said Thursday. Doctors say they are consistent, however, with Warmbier's current condition. Doctors in Pennsylvania refuted the claim, saying they had found no traces of botulism in Warmbier's system. Because it does not stay in the body for long doctors looked for signs of chronic denervation, which is loss of nerve supply, he said. Find us on Facebook too!

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".

Rodman was wearing a different T-shirt that read "Ambassador Rodman" and "I come in peace" when he left for Pyongyang, but the State Department said he was traveling in a private capacity.

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The former Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls champion's visit to the country coincided with the release of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was arrested and imprisoned by North Korea past year after he allegedly stole a propaganda poster from his hotel.

However, North Korea's isolation made Warmbier's release a hard case.

Once Pyongyang realised the seriousness of Warmbier's medical situation, they would likely have panicked, said Stephan Haggard, Director of the Korea-Pacific Programme at UC San Diego.

Rodman has faced ridicule and criticism for his trips to North Korea, which some USA politicians and activists view as serving only as fodder for North Korean propaganda.

"When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release", said Fred.

"Dennis Rodman had nothing to do with Otto", he said.

Hundreds of thousands of people, including children, are detained in the inhumane political prisons and other detention facilities in North Korea and forced to work in its mines. "That's not my goal right now", he said. "This was not a negotiation, this was bring back, we want to come get our guy".

A source in the North Korean tourism industry told CNN he's not seen any dent in tourist numbers since Warmbier was detained, though he's noticed a slight drop in inquiries from Americans.

"There's no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son".

"It is most important that wherever they are being held someone can meet them other than seeing them at a public trial".

Kanter declined to share Warmbier's prognosis in the press conference as is the family's request.

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