Student freed from North Korea suffered ‘severe neurological injury’

Warmbier’s release comes as three other USA citizens are still being held in North Korea.Meanwhile, Fred Warmbier has some harsh words for the North Korean regime.”There is no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition a secret and denied him top-notch medical care for so long”, parent Fred Warmbier said Thursday.The 22-year-old University of Virginia student landed in Cincinnati late Tuesday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. He credits him along with President Trump with getting Otto back home. He said an MRI from North Korean doctors dated April past year showed damage that would be consistent with Warmbier’s current condition.He said that the Obama administration told them to “keep a low profile” and that earlier this year he and his wife decided that the time for “strategic patience was over”.Warmbier said his son, who was in stable condition according to the OH hospital where he was transferred, was subjected to brutal treatment.An American university student who was detained for 17 months in North Korea and suffered a serious neurological injury was “brutalised” by the reclusive regime, his father said on Thursday.Fred Warmbier said the family did not believe North Korea’s story, that their son had fallen into a coma after contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill.Former U.S. ambassador Bill Richardson, who Warmbier also thanked for his efforts, credited the State Department with getting Otto released with no preconditions.According to the North Korean government, Otto Warmbier contracted botulism after his trial and fell into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.Otto Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labour after he tearfully confessed that he tried to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea.It is unknown why North Korea released him, but Fred Warmbier claims it has nothing to do with Dennis Rodman’s visit to the country this week.He was being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, but details of his condition have not been released. “He doesn’t deserve this”, Fred Warmbier told The Enquirer in an interview last month.Neurologist Daniel Kanter told a news conference yesterday in Warmbier’s home city of Cincinnati, Ohio that his neurological condition was best described “as a state of unresponsive wakefulness”.He added, “There’s no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son”.Fred Warmbier revealed that President Donald Trump phoned him Wednesday night to ask about his son and the rest of his family.