Comatose US Student Freed by North Korea Has Severe Brain Injury

Kanter added that body scans had revealed no evidence of acute or healing fractures to the chest, abdomen or skull.(AP Photo/John Minchillo). Friends and relatives gather to listen as Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, as he speaks during a news conference, Thursday. While botulism does cause nerve damage, despite numerous tests on Otto since his return on Tuesday, no evidence of botulism has been discovered.But they could not definitively say what could have caused such an event, saying they had found no signs of a botulism infection – the explanation given by the North Korean regime for how the young man fell into a coma.Kanter said that Warmbier had suffered “extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain”, but he declined to discuss Warmbier’s prognosis at the request of his family. His doctors say he is barely functioning and shows no signs of situational awareness.”He has not spoken”, Kanter said, per Fox News. “He has profound weakness of contraction in his arms and legs”.Fred Warmbier called his son’s return bittersweet.Fred Warmbier said he’s relieved his son is home with those who love him, but angry he was so brutally treated for so long.He arrived back in the U.S. Tuesday night after he was medically evacuated from North Korea.Warmbier was found guilty in March, 2016, of “hostile acts against the state” for his attempt to steal a propaganda poster on his last night in North Korea before a scheduled trip to Hong Kong as part of a study overseas trip sponsored by the University of Virginia.When Yun finally laid eyes on the comatose Warmbier in a North Korean hospital, it was the first time the US could verify his condition in person since his sentencing more than a year earlier, the State Department said. Warmbier was immediately driven to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He returned to Cincinnati yesterday on a medevac flight and in a coma, having been “brutalized” by his captors, his father, Fred Warmbier, said in a statement.”They should have a detailed medical explanation why this happened and why they didn’t disclose this a year ago”. His family asked his doctors to disclose details about his condition amid intense scrutiny and questions about his condition.”We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea”, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.His family said he had been in a coma since March 2016, shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years’ hard labor in North Korea.He said that there was little in the way of updates on his son for much of that time and that they were “forced to be quiet and act different because we didn’t want to offend” North Korea should it impact negotiations for Otto’s release.Mr Warmbier said he had a “nice conversation” with Donald Trump.Fred Warmbier, in an emotional news conference in OH, did not demur when asked if Obama could have done more.’So basically from the time we got to Pyongyang to the time I left him, we were together’. “I’m dealing with my son”. I was also the only person to see Otto taken away.