American university student Otto Warmbier, who was released by North Korea this week after falling into a coma while in a labour camp, has suffered “severe neurological injury“, a hospital spokesman said yesterday.
“He has not spoken”, Kanter said at a press conference.
The doctors said he does not give consistent responses and has not engaged in any purposeful movements or behavior. He said Warmbier was breathing on his own. He noted that the North Koreans had refused to let Swedish officials – the United States’ diplomatic intermediaries in that country – visit or contact Otto for more than a year.
The State Department said on Thursday, that the USA diplomat who visited North Korea this week to negotiate Warmbier’s release, had also met with the three remaining US detainees in the country. Richardson credited the State Department with the successful return of Warmbier, but said a response by the US government will be required if it is found there was a cover-up relating to Otto’s condition and if he had not received proper medical treatment.
The doctors could not determine a cause of his neurological injuries, but they did say this type of brain damage is typical after a cardiopulmonary arrest, which occurs when the blood supply to the brain is inadequate long enough for brain tissue to start dying. There are now three United States aircraft carriers within striking range of North Korea, meaning that the United States is essentially prepared for serious military conflict with North Korea. Pyongyang has vowed to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland.
At the time of the conference, Fred would not answer any questions pertaining to his son’s medical condition.
“What did I say to my son?”
He said there was no reason for North Korea to keep his son’s condition, apparently dating back to March 2016, a secret and to deny him top medical care.
Warmbier’s parents, Fred and Cindy, confirmed their son was on a medevac flight. If you want the details leading up to his coma, then find out with our Otto Warmbier wiki. Blue-and-white ribbons were tied around trees and utility poles along the main road.
Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was serving a 15-year sentence for allegedly trying to steal a banner containing a political slogan that was hanging from a wall in his Pyongyang hotel.
When asked by reporters if he would bring up the cases of Warmbier and three other Americans detained in North Korea, Rodman said, “That’s not my objective right now”.
“We were advised by the past administration to take a low profile“, and not do anything to offend the North Koreans, Warmbier said.
When asked whether President Obama could have done more, Fred Warmbier replied: “I think the results speak for themselves”.
In recent months, Warmbier said, he and his wife, Cindy, had made a decision to take a more public stance in calling for their son’s release, after months of following advice that they should try not to antagonize or offend leaders in North Korea. Fox News also is expected to air an interview with them Wednesday night.
Warmbier is the 22-year-old American who was held hostage in North Korea for more than a year before returning home to OH this week in a coma.
On June 13, Warmbier was medically evacuated from North Korea, reportedly in a coma, and flown to Cincinnati.
The Sacramento Bee reported that a former USA ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, called for an investigation into Warmbier’s treatment.
Such detentions in the totalitarian nation have added to tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. “Again, we have very limited information about what happened prior to his departure from North Korea“.
The State Department is continuing to discuss three other detained Americans with North Korea.