Otto Warmbier suffered brain injury in North Korea

Otto Warmbier at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, in March 2016. Released on Tuesday, Mr. Warmbier was in stable condition, with a “severe neurological injury,” according to doctors in Cincinnati. Credit Jon Chol Jin/Associated Press

Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was medically evacuated from North Korea after being jailed for 17 months, has suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and is in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness,” doctors said Thursday. Daniel Kanter, medical director of the neuroscience intensive care unit at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said the 22-year-old’s brain injury appeared consistent with the damage caused by lack of blood flow during cardiopulmonary arrest. Warmbier’s father, Fred Warmbier, said the North Korean government had “brutalized and terrorized” his son, and he praised President Trump for bringing his son home. North Korea says Otto Warmbier contracted botulism after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor last March for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster.

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