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Warmbiers Blast Obama For Not Saving Son From DPRK

Warmbiers Blast Obama For Not Saving Son From DPRK

Instead, he spent 17 months there in detention where his family believes he was tortured into a coma.

American doctors treating the University of Virginia student have cast doubt on North Korean claims that the young man contracted botulism during his detention, saying Warmbier is unresponsive and has experienced extensive tissue loss in all regions of his brain.

Fred went on to disparage the Obama administration's efforts to save his son.

"He is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016".

Fred Warmbier said the family did not believe North Korea's story that his son had fallen into a coma after contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill.

After Otto Warmbier, detained for more than a year in North Korea, returned home this week in a coma, the Trump administration is looking into ways to stop other Americans from going to North Korea.

Kanter said Warmbier "has spontaneous eye opening and blinking".

Kanter said Otto has "no signs of understanding language, responding to verbal commands, or awareness of surroundings".

The main causes are traumatic brain injury, non-traumatic brain injury or progressive brain damage.

The North Korean government said botulism is to blame for Warmbier's condition, but doctors haven't found any evidence of the illness in the now 22-year-old.

He was freed this week after State Department officials traveled to North Korea and demanded his release on humanitarian grounds.

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We don't want that to taint what we've accomplished this year so we'll handle that accordingly and responsibly and do the right thing for us individually and as a group".

Although the North Koreans say Otto became comatose immediately after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing some propaganda signs from a hotel, his family was only notified of his condition last week. Joseph Yun, Washington's special envoy on North Korea, added they were working to secure their freedom as well.

Fred Warmbier said he was stunned when told of his son's condition one week ago.

Two other Korean-Americans, both of them affiliated with the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, a private institution run by Korean-American Christians, were detained this spring.

Three other Americans remain in North Korean jails. "They have our thanks for bringing Otto home".

During a press conference Thursday, Warmbier's father Fred Warmbier, praised the Trump administration for his son's release and had some harsh words for the Obama administration's lack of action.

"He has not spoken", Kanter said.

Warmbier's evacuation also coincided with the arrival in Pyongyang of flamboyant retired NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman - a former contestant on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show. He called on the country to release other Americans now held there. "I don't know what being in shock is, but I'm pretty sure I was", the father told assembled reporters in Cincinnati.

"This is going to be a long, protracted convalescence; They should do this as a symbol that the USA government will stand behind our citizens who have been violated", Richardson said.

American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. "At no stage did I ever think he was anything but a very, very polite kid".

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