Ordeal of United States student in N.Korea, now in coma, 'terrible thing'

"However, he shows no signs of understanding language, responding to verbal commands or awareness of his surroundings", he said.

Doctors treating an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma plan to discuss his medical condition.

United Nations human rights investigator called on North Korea on Friday to explain why an American student was in a coma when he was returned home this week after more than a year in detention there.

None of the center's doctors have been in direct contact with medical officials in North Korea, Bonomo said. The earliest images of his brain they received from North Korea are dated April 2016, 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".

The university student had been on a tourist trip when he was arrested and sentenced to 15 years hard labour, a punishment the USA decried as far out of proportion to his alleged crime, accusing the North of using him as a political pawn.

North Koreans charged it was at that point Warmbier allegedly went into a staff-only area of the hotel and tore down a propaganda banner hanging on the wall, intending to steal it. He was found guilty of committing a "hostile act" against the country and sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor.

Warmbier had not been seen in public since his sentencing over a year ago.

Doctors remain uncertain about the exact cause of Warmbier's condition, yet his family does not believe North Korea's claim that he fell into a coma after becoming ill with botulism and taking a sleeping pill. "No evidence of botulism", Dr. Brandon Foreman said.

They say his brain shows significant tissue damage, but a cause for his disease is unknown.

The doctors are also uncertain what caused the injuries.

But, without knowing what caused it, it will be hard for doctors to know for certain what his body has been through. Find us on Facebook too!


The last White House, he said, advised them to take a "low profile" while they worked to obtain Otto's release because doing otherwise would "upset the North Koreans."
"They have our thanks for bringing Otto home", he said.

At the request of the family, Kanter said the hospital won't provide any information on his prognosis, prospects for care or future treatment.

Warmbier is in stable a condition at the UC Medical Center, where he was taken after his arrival in OH on Wednesday, after more than 17 months in North Korean captivity. Warmbier had plans to visit Beijing, China, after he left North Korea. "The results speak for themselves".

But the video, released Thursday by Otto Warmbier's brother Austin Warmbier, has become incredibly important to his family.

"We've been to Washington D.C. Over a dozen times", said Warmbier.

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

Are we afraid of what North Korea will say?

Meanwhile, Rodman vowed to return to North Korea as soon as possible.

While there, Yun met with the three other Americans being held, who include two men who taught at a Pyongyang university funded by overseas Christian groups, and a Korean-American pastor accused of espionage for the South.

Richardson, a Democrat who has made several trips to North Korea, said a forceful response from the United States government would be required "if it's determined that there was a cover-up and Otto's condition was not disclosed and he didn't get proper treatment".

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. The next day, Warmbier was flown to a US base in Japan before making the longer journey to OH to be reunited with his family.

Report courtesy of CNN.

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