Parents don't buy North Korea's excuse for son's coma

Claudine Rigal
Juin 25, 2017

Former North Korea detainee and US college student Otto Warmbier is in stable condition but has suffered a "severe neurological injury", University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman Kelly Martin said Thursday.

An American named Otto Warmbier, 22, was released this week by North Korean officials in an terrible condition.

The father of the comatose American college student released from North Korea's custody said Thursday that his son "fought to stay alive" through the "brutality" and "terror" he endured while serving hard labor in a North Korean prison for more than a year. Here's Fred Warmbier's full statement.

While the North Korean authorities say the coma was caused by botulism and sleeping pills, Fred Warmbier does not believe it.

Kelly Martin, spokeswoman for the UC Health University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said Warmbier is in stable condition.

We at Liberty Nation have no doubt that this added pressure directly contributed to the release of Otto Warmbier.

Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to Cincinnati late Tuesday. He credits him along with President Trump with getting Otto back home. He noted that the North Koreans had refused to let Swedish officials - America's diplomatic intermediaries in that country - visit or contact Otto for more than a year.

Warmbier said even if the North Korean story was true, there's still no excuse for keeping a 15-month coma a secret until last week and denying him access to top-notch medical care. "We did so withour result", he said.

North Korea released USA student Otto Warmbier "on humanitarian grounds", state media said yesterday, two days after he was evacuated from Pyongyang after falling into a coma while imprisoned in a labour camp.

Warmbier said the Obama administration urged the family to maintain a low profile while the administration tried to retrieve Otto.

Three other Americans remain incarcerated in North Korea, and there are huge efforts by the administration to have them released. "I don't know what being in shock is, but I'm pretty sure I was", he said, referring to being informed Otto Warmbier was in a coma.

"I want my kid home. He doesn't deserve this", Fred Warmbier told The Cincinnati Enquirer in an interview last month.

"We pray for him and we pray for his family", said Thomas Shannon, a high-ranking State Department official".

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