Student Freed By North Korea Has Severe Neurological Injury

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Warmbier was released Tuesday from North Korea, where he had been jailed for more than 17 months.

Richardson, a Democrat, credited the Department of State with securing Warmbier's return from North Korea without any preconditions but said a forceful response from the US government would be required "if it's determined that there was a cover-up and Otto's condition was not disclosed and he didn't get proper treatment". I call on them to release the other Americans being held. He said they traveled to Washington and met with Ambassador Yun who more aggressively pursued Otto's release. "So do we. We have few answers", Fred Warmbier said. The New York Times reported that an unnamed senior American official said Warmbier was "singled out for particularly brutal beatings while in captivity", hinting at a much more violent cause for Warmbier's injury.

The 22-year-old has not spoken or "engaged in any purposeful movements" since arriving in the country Tuesday night, said Dr. Daniel Kanter, professor of neurology and director of the Neurocritical Care Program. They started in Norway, playing the role of neutral third party, and moved to NY, where North Korean diplomats are accredited at the United Nations. Warmbier said the family was "extremely grateful for their efforts and concern".

That was the last time Warmbier was seen publicly - and about the same time he fell into a coma, his parents say they were told. "I don't know what being in shock is", he said, "but I'm pretty sure I was".

North Korea has said that Warmbier's brain damage is the result of botulism that he contracted after taking a sleeping pill. The two images on the disc were dated April and July 2016, and Kanter said they suspect Warmbier's injury occurred in the "preceding weeks".

While some are quick to say that Otto Warmbier "should have known better", one thing remains clear.

North Korea released Warmbier six days later. His father said he is stable, "but has suffered a severe neurological injury".

But Yun managed to see the other three detained Americans while in Pyongyang, providing the US with much-sought information about their condition.

When asked by Fox News what he would tell the families of those detained, Fred Warmbier said, "I wouldn't know what to say to them". In Wyoming, a northern Cincinnati suburb of about 8,000 people, Warmbier's return to the United States was marked by blue and white ribbons, representing the colors of the local high school, tied around trees and telephone polls.

"We're proud of him, too", some in the crowd shouted back.

Warmbier, an economics student from the University of Virginia, was given a 15-year prison sentence after attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.

Warmbier's release came after a flurry of secret diplomatic contacts between Washington and Pyongyang, which culminated in Joseph Yun, the State Department's special envoy on North Korea, travelling to Pyongyang to secure Warmbier's release.