Otto Warmbier Returns From North Korea With Extensive Brain Damage

Cause of US student’s ‘extensive’ brain damage mystery after North Korea release

One of Obama's advisers, Ned Price, said the Obama administration had "no higher priority" than securing the release of Americans detained overseas but North Korea's isolation "posed unique challenges". Fred Warmbier said he received "a very nice phone call" Wednesday from the president.

In Cincinnati, doctors said they performed a battery of tests on Warmbier, ranging from ordinary X-rays to more advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans as well as skeletal surveys of the skull, ribs, pelvis and other areas to look for broken bones.

The reclusive country accused the University of Virginia student of anti-state activities.

Tens of thousands of people are detained across the isolated country in inhumane conditions and subjected to torture and forced labor, it said.

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert (NOW'-ert) says the US hopes the other Americans will be able to return home soon.

North Korea claims Warmbier's brain damages came from botulism, but his doctors at the University of Cincinnati say there is no evidence of that claim.

Otto Warmbier, the American student who was imprisoned in North Korea for more than 17 months and was returned home to OH this week in a coma, suffers from injuries related to cardiopulmonary arrest and is in a state of unresponsive wakefulness, doctors from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said Thursday afternoon at a press conference.

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Instead, they believe the 22-year-old may have suffered a respiratory arrest which then caused his current condition. He spontaneously opens and blinks his eyes but doesn't seem to understand language, respond to verbal commands or be aware of his surroundings.

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

(CNN) - After 17 months of detention in North Korea, the conditions of which are still unclear, Otto Warmbier returned to his home state of Ohio Tuesday night.

The father of the man held for almost a year and half by North Korea is thanking the Trump administration for "aggressively" working to secure his release. "The other day I said I won't comment on personal health matters, and so I'm going to stand by that".

White says Warmbier was a master at defusing tense situations with his humor.

It is unclear if Yun knew as he set off for North Korea that he would be allowed to bring Warmbier home.

On Monday, Yun and two physicians medically evacuated Warmbier.

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Surrounded by North Korean guards, Warmbier delivered a highly scripted "confession" that appeared to have been written for him. That meeting followed an earlier, secret meeting last month between Yun and high-level North Korean officials in Oslo.

Doctors plan a news conference on campus later Thursday.

In 2015, Rodman's visits were captured by the documentary "Big Bang in Pyongyang", which features Rodman teaching basketball to North Korean players and singing "Happy Birthday" to Kim Jong Un.

Two other US nationals, both university professors in Pyongyang, were arrested this year for allegedly plotting anti-state acts and remain in custody, he said.

By his account, delivered at a scripted "news conference" weeks after his arrest, Warmbier attempted a foolish but harmless prank: trying (unsuccessfully) to pilfer a propaganda poster from the hotel where he was staying. Warmbier said he could "care less" about Rodman's trip.

Warmbier, an American student, was imprisoned in North Korea and was apparently abused and beaten.

The Warmbier family kept quiet "on the false premise that (North Korea) would treat Otto fairly and let him go". Throughout that time, his family has been at his bedside, doctors said. The North accused the University of Virginia student of entering the country under the guise of a tourist and plotting against the nation's unity with "the tacit connivance of the US government".

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