Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Wyoming Grad Has Suffered Extensive Loss Of Brain Tissue

But it emerged as he traveled back home that Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was in a coma.

"The burden of our ordeal has been eased by the support we have experienced, not only from our friends in Cincinnati, but through OH, at the University of Virginia, throughout the United States and, indeed, from around the world", Warmbier said.

Fred Warmbier revealed that President Donald Trump called him Wednesday night to ask about Otto and the rest of his family.

On Thursday, the State Department said that US diplomat Joseph Yun, who negotiated Warmbier's release, had also met with three other USA citizens being held in North Korea.

Warmbier's parents, Fred and Cindy, confirmed their son was on a medevac flight.

Warmbier's medical team said they had found no evidence of botulism, the explanation given by the North Korean regime for how the young man fell into a coma shortly after being sentenced in March 2016 for stealing a political poster from a hotel.

"Dennis Rodman had nothing to do with Otto", he said. He was then taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said there should be an investigation into what happened to Mr Warmbier, saying it was a "tragic situation".

"Even if you believe their explanation of botulism and a sleeping pill causing the coma - and we don't - there's no excuse for a civilised nation to have kept his condition secret and to have denied him top notch medical care".

Three other US citizens are now in detention in North Korea, a regime that has long used foreigners as bargaining chips in negotiations with the West.

Otto Warmbier is in stable condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with his mother by his side, hospital spokeswoman Kelly Martin said.

In a press conference Thursday, Dr. Daniel Kanter, professor of neurology and director of the Neurocritical Care Program, said Otto Warmbier has "severe injury to all regions of the brain" and described his current condition as "unresponsive wakefulness". Warmbier said Trump was "very candid" during the call and told him Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other USA officials worked hard to negotiate Otto Warmbier's release.

Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor in North Korea for alleged anti-state acts.

"We do see respiratory arrests from overdose - from medication overdose - intentional or otherwise", Bonomo said.

A USA diplomat who traveled to North Korea to secure American college student Otto Warmbier's (WORM'-birz) release also was able to make contact with three other Americans detained there. One reporter asked what Warmbier said to his son during his return to the United States. In March, a North Korean court sentenced the college student to 15 years hard labor after he broke down weaping while making a televised confession.

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