United States doctors dispute North Korean coma story

United States doctors dispute North Korean coma story

"There's no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son and no excuse for the way they have treated so many others", a tearful Fred Warmbier said at the news conference.

Fred Warmbier, Otto's father, held a news conference Thursday, June 15.

Warmbier was released from a North Korean prison and returned home to suburban Cincinnati on Tuesday in a coma.

The retired sports celebrity was credited with the release of another USA captive in 2014, but Warmbier's release was negotiated between the two governments.

Reuters/KyodoOtto Warmbier was detained in North Korea for "hostile acts against the state".

"Even though they're saddened by his condition, they're just glad for the family that he is home", McCauley said. "No one", Fred Warmbier said last month.

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a former USA ambassador to the United Nations, said there should be an investigation into what happened to Warmbier leading to this "tragic situation".

Warmbier said Trump called him Wednesday night and they shared "a really nice", kind and gracious conversation, during which Trump said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun had negotiated Otto's release. But it emerged as he traveled back home that Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was in a coma.

Dr Kanter said the young man suffered "extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain". His family have said he was "terrorised and brutalised" by Kim Jong-Un's regime.

"His neurological condition can be best described as a state of unresponsive wakefulness", Dr. Daniel Kanter said.

Physicians said they don't know the cause of Warmbier's brain damage, noting that he doesn't seem to understand language, doctors said.

"It must have been an accident and that's probably why they were hiding it for a year", he said. He was then transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he is in a coma.

Fred Warmbier also accused North Korea of luring Americans to the country with a Chinese tour company making the false promise they will never be detained.

As for whether Warmbier will be able to recover, doctors at UC Health say information regarding his prognosis and prospects for improvement will remain confidential at request of family.

White says Warmbier was a master at defusing tense situations with his humor. He was medically evacuated from the country and arrived in Cincinnati late Tuesday.

He spoke as an OH hospital said Otto had suffered a "severe neurological injury" and is in a stable condition.

In honour of his son, Fred Warmbier wore the same jacket Otto was wearing when he was paraded before media to tearfully confess to attempting to take the sign as a "trophy" for a United States church. He said he was "stunned" that nobody in the USA government, or the tour group of which he was a part, ever contacted him for questioning after Warmbier was detained.

The University of Virginia student returned to OH late Tuesday and hospitalized after being detained for 18 months in the Hermit Kingdom after being convicted of stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel. Warmbier's mother is by his side in the hospital and doctors are reportedly planning an update on his condition later on Thursday.

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

The doctors said he does not give consistent responses and has not engaged in any purposeful movements or behavior.