Doctors say he has severe injury to all regions of his brain.
A State Department spokeswoman told reporters in Washington that Warmbier's release followed "quiet diplomacy", at US President Donald Trump's suggestion. Warmbier said the family was "extremely grateful for their efforts and concern".
Spokeswoman Heather Nauert (NOW'-ert) says the US hopes the other Americans will be able to return home soon.
Washington (dpa) - The US student released by North Korea this week has damage to all parts of his brain, doctors said Thursday.
Warmbier can open his eyes and blink but has no signs of understanding language or responding to commands, Kanter said.
Dr. Daniel Kanter, medical director of the neuroscience intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati, said it's more likely the student's condition was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest due to inadequate blood supply to the brain for long periods of time.
"They advertise it as the safest trip ever", he said Thursday.
Warmbier is taken to North Korea's top court in Pyongyang North Korea. "I just said kind of quite nervously, 'Well, that's the last we'll see of you.' There's a great irony in those words".
He excelled in academics, graduating from Wyoming High School in 2013 as his class salutatorian and getting a scholarship to the University of Virginia.
Released on humanitarian grounds, he has been evacuated back to the United States suffering from brain damage, after spending a year in a coma. According to reports, his son is stable but has "suffered from severe neurological injury", Warmbier's father said.
Cardiac arrest in young, healthy people is rare and generally caused by either intoxication or traumatic injury, Dr. Jordan Bonomo, a specialist in neurosurgery and neurocritical care at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said at the news conference.
Fred Warmbier also said the family does not believe North Korea's story that "botulism and sleeping pill" caused his coma.
His father, Fred Warmbier, said the family was proud of him, calling him "a fighter".
North Korea has arrested 16 American citizens and is still holding three - Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang-duk, and Kim Hak-song. At a press conference on Thursday, images of Otto Warmbier's brain were revealed, they showed significant loss of brain tissue in all areas of his brain.
Fred Warmbier, in an emotional news conference in OH, did not demur when asked if Obama could have done more. North Korea has released 22-year-old United States student Otto Warmbier from a 15 year sentence of hard labor, officials said June 13, 2017, as former USA basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang.
North Korea intends to promote Western visits by reducing the wait time for visas, North Korean Ambassador to Spain Kim Hyok-Chol said at a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) tourism event in Madrid, Spain, China's People's Daily reported Friday. Fred Warmbier said. "I was in shock". He was then taken by ambulance to a hospital.
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