Government Corruption

College student released by North Korea is now a vegetable


Doctors tending to the released North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier say he hasn’t spoken a word or moved on his own since he arrived back in the United States Tuesday. Doctors describing condition as “unresponsive wakefulness” or persistent vegetative state.

Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said in a news conference Thursday that the 22-year-old has suffered extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain. Warmbier’s symptoms include no voluntary movement or awareness of surroundings. Dr. Daniel Kanter, professor of neurology and director of the Neurocritical Care Program, says Warmbier opens his eyes and blinks spontaneously, but shows no signs of understanding language or responding to people talking to him.
Student freed from North Korea lands in USWarmbier was released Tuesday after 17 months of detention. His parents say they found out about their son’s condition — what North Korea is calling Warmbier being in a coma — only last week. Thursday, Warmbier’s father Fred Warmbier said he rejected the country’s explanation of his son falling into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill in March 2016, after his trial for trying to steal a political banner.
 Doctors said they have been given no information about the care Warmbier received in North Korea, but they could not say with complete certainty what caused his injuries. Doctors also said the botulism claim has no evidence. Dr. Daniel Kanter saying:
“We have no certifiable knowledge of the cause or circumstances of his neurological injuries. This pattern of brain injury is usually seen as result of cardiopulmonary arrest where blood supply to (the) brain is inadequate for a period of time, resulting in the death of brain tissue.”
When he was detained in January 2016 at Pyongyang airport on his way home, 22-year-old Warmbier was a University of Virginia student, and had been on a tour of the country. North Korean authorities claim they had security footage of him trying to steal a banner with a political slogan on it that was hanging from a wall of his Pyongyang hotel, which was used as evidence in his hour-long trial.
In March 2016, Warmbier was found guilty of committing a “hostile act” against the country, and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. It was the last time he was seen publicly before this week. In a news conference at his son’s alma mater, Wyoming High School, Fred Warmbier said:
“Even if you believe their explanation of botulism and a sleeping pill causing a coma — and we don’t — 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.”
Doctors couldn’t give a specific cause, but said Warmbier showed spastic, profound weakness and contractions in his muscles and legs and found no evidence of fractures or trauma to his body. Dr. Brandon Foreman says he also found no evidence of botulism, a toxin that causes nerve injury. Because it does not stay in the body for long doctors looked for signs of chronic denervation, which is loss of nerve supply, but say they found no evidence.
 Here is Fred Warmbier’s speech in it’s entirety:

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