Doctors caring for released North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier said he has not spoken or moved on his own since he arrived in the United States on Tuesday.
EDITOR’S NOTE: When Otto Warmbier was “found guilty” at his kangaroo court hearing, he was sentenced to a brutal prison system that resulted in him winding up in the vegetative coma he is now in. Otto’s parents went to the Obama administration last year to ask for them to negotiate Otto’s release, but Obama told them “lay low” while he “took care of it”. Apparently asking Obama to help sealed the young man’s fate.
They described his condition as “unresponsive wakefulness,” also known as persistent vegetative state. The 22-year-old has suffered extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain, doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said in a news conference Thursday. He opens his eyes and blinks spontaneously but shows no signs of understanding language or responding to verbal commands, said Dr. Daniel Kanter, professor of neurology and director of the Neurocritical Care Program.
Without speculating on the cause of his injuries, Kanter and his colleagues said they found no evidence based on his condition to support the regime’s explanation of botulism.
The doctors said they had no information about the care he received in North Korea. The earliest images of his brain they received from North Korea are dated April 2016, Kanter said. An analysis suggests the injury likely occurred in the preceding weeks.
“We have no certifiable knowledge of the cause or circumstances of his neurological injuries,” Kanter said. “This pattern of brain injury is usually seen as result of cardiopulmonary arrest where blood supply to brain is inadequate for a period of time, resulting in the death of brain tissue.”
The American college student returned Tuesday to the United States after 17 months in detention. His family asked his doctors to disclose details about his condition amid intense scrutiny and questions about his condition.
This is what the North Korean version of ‘justice’ looks like:
Earlier Thursday, his father told reporters he rejected the regime’s explanation that Otto fell into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill in March 2016, shortly after he stood trial in the country for a “hostile act.”
Otto Warmbier was a University of Virginia student when he was detained in January 2016 at the airport in Pyongyang while on his way home. He had been on a tour of the reclusive country, his parents said.
North Korean authorities claimed they had security footage of him trying to steal a banner containing a political slogan that was hanging from a wall of his Pyongyang hotel. That was used as evidence in his hour-long trial. He was found guilty of committing a “hostile act” against the country and sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor. It was the last time he was seen publicly before this week. source