Otto Warmbier's condition: What is unresponsive wakefulness?
- Author: Phil Peters Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 0:36
Warmbier's father Fred lashed out earlier Thursday at the North Korean regime, saying he did not believe its claim that his son contracted botulism and fell into a coma shortly after being arrested previous year.
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.
Meanwhile, doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center have asserted that Otto Warmbier, has extensive brain damage and shows no current signs of botulism, as claimed by Pyongyang.
His father, Fred Warmbier, said the family was proud of Warmbier, calling him "a fighter".
Fred Warmbier appeared critical of the Obama administration's handling of Otto's detention, saying the family heeded the United States government's initial advice to take a low profile "without result". Pyongyang officials explained the American student fell into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill a year ago.
"There is no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition secret and denied him top-notch medical care for so long", he said.
Warmbier was sentenced to serve 15 years of hard labor after he confessed to stealing a political poster from his hotel during a trip to the country.
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The post originally read: 'Once we got Tim backstage and with the doctor we could tell he needed to go to the hospital. From there, things turned grave as the Canadian had to have surgery to relieve pressure from his brain bleeding.
The 22-year-old arrived back in the USA on Tuesday after being detained in the pariah state since January 2016.
The 22-year-old was released from his sentence this week and returned to Cincinnati Tuesday night with a severe neurological injury.
More updates on Otto Warmbier's condition should follow.
More than any words that would be used to describe Warmbier's condition in clinical terms by doctors and government officials, Woolston's photographs told the stark story of his medical state with profound impact.
Gratton has also told of how Warmbier showed no signs of illness before being led away, concluding he didn't deserve such treatment by Kim Jong-un's brutal regiem. It appears, according to medical professionals, that Warmbier experienced cardiopulmonary arrest, restricting blood flow to the brain for a prolonged period. "We see the results of their actions with Otto", he said. The pair quickly struck up a friendship, and Gratton, a sales manager in his mid-40s from England, says he was the only Westerner to see Warmbier detained by security services at Pyongyang International Airport.
"The North Koreans lure Americans to travel to North Korea via tour groups run out of China, who advertise slick ads on the Internet claiming no American ever gets detained off of our tours, and this is a safe place to go".
The other Americans held by Pyongyang are Kim Sang Duk and Kim Hak-song, academics who worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, and a businessman named Kim Dong Chul.
A former teacher of an American college student released by North Korea in a coma says he's a fighter and believes he'll do everything he can to recover. On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized.
Tension has escalated on the Korean peninsula over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests since past year.