Father of UVA Student Otto Warmbier Holds News Conference

Father of UVA Student Otto Warmbier Holds News Conference

Father of UVA Student Otto Warmbier Holds News Conference

"We examined all the long bones of the body, the ribs, pelvis and the skull", Dr. Kanter said.

Doctors have not found any evidence to support North Korea's assertions that a now comatose American college student came down with a rare case of food poisoning.

The Washington Post reports that Warmbier contracted botulism soon after his trial and never woke up.

"We're going to leave that to the doctors (to explain) today", he said.

Three other Americans remain incarcerated in North Korea, and there are huge efforts by the administration to have them released.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Warmbier's father expressed doubts about the North Korean account of what caused the University of Virginia student's coma.

However, Warmbier doesn't have any signs of other significant organ damage.

North Korea has broken its silence on the release of American detainee Otto Warmbier. He was visiting the reclusive state with a tour group. He got 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion after he tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal a propaganda banner. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. It was the last time he was seen publicly before this week.

"Otto has been terrorized and brutalized for 18 months by a pariah regime in North Korea", the father said in an interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, scheduled to air Thursday night.

The North Korean government claims Warmbier slipped into a coma after taking a sleeping pill and suffering from botulism.

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While the North Korean authorities say the coma was caused by botulism and sleeping pills, Fred Warmbier does not believe it.

North Korea later said it had released him "on humanitarian grounds", state media reported.

Warmbier says he doesn't know exactly what happened to his son during his 17-month detention.

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

Residents of the northern Cincinnati suburb tied blue-and-white ribbons, the school colors, to trees near the family's home. Some were in tears as he spoke to them.

"Disbelief", is how Warmbier described his immediate reaction to being told last Tuesday that his son is in a coma.

"We did what we could, we tried to stay low, we were advised that it was important that you don't upset the North Koreans", Warmbier said.

While some are quick to say that Otto Warmbier "should have known better", one thing remains clear.

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

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