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Otto Warmbier's Father Thanks Trump Administration for 'Bringing Otto Home'

28 June 2017

He opens his eyes but does not show signs of understanding language or responding, Dr. Daniel Kanter, professor of neurology and director of the Neurocritical Care Program said.

Fred Warmbier said that he does not know why North Korea released his son but the country does not do anything out of "the kindness of their hearts".

After the Swedes visited one detainee, North Korea representatives sought another meeting with Yun, and it was at that June 6 meeting in NY that North Korea's United Nations ambassador told Yun that Warmbier was in a coma, the official said.

United States doctors said they found no evidence of active botulism, a rare, serious illness caused by contaminated food or a dirty wound.

Scans show extensive loss in all regions of Warmbier's brain, the doctors said.

Fred Warmbier (WORM'-bir) told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Wednesday that his son, Otto, was "terrorized and brutalized" during his 17-month detention and has been in a coma for more than a year.

Doctors remain uncertain about the exact cause of Warmbier's condition, yet his family does not believe North Korea's claim that he fell into a coma after becoming ill with botulism and taking a sleeping pill.

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His father Otto Warmbier spoke Thursday and expressed relief that his son was released but added the family has "anger that he was so brutally treated for so long".

Warmbier has undergone a battery of tests since his arrival at the UC Medical Center on Tuesday night. "They have our thanks for bringing Otto home", he said.

"They lure Americans, and then they take them hostage, and then they do things to them", he warned.

Residents of the northern Cincinnati suburb tied blue-and-white ribbons, the school colours, to trees near the family's home.

Richardson said he and members of his foundation had met with North Korean diplomats 20 times in the past year to try to secure the release of Warmbier and the others - Korean-Americans Tony Kim, Kim Dong Chul and Kim Hak Song and Korean-Canadian Hyeon Soo Lim.

Wearing the same coat as Otto did during his confession in North Korea, Fred Warmbier said it's a "bittersweet feeling our family has" that Otto has returned. Fred Warmbier had called the conversation "gracious" and "very candid". "And no excuse for the way they've treated so many others", he said. "For any parent, this is their worst nightmare".

The U.S., South Korea and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions.

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At this time , Warmbier has yet to say anything, though, he remains in a state of unresponsive wakefulness. Fred Warmbier praised the Trump administration's efforts: "They have our thanks for bringing Otto home".

Fred Warmbier said he was stunned when told of his son's condition one week ago. "Nothing really bad ever happens in Wyoming".

The chances of full neurological recovery after the brain has been deprived of oxygen for prolonged periods of time - greater than four minutes - are poor, Glatter said.

Warmbier, who had been on a tourist trip, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor.

The parents of Otto Warmbier, the parents of the Cincinnati student who was released after a 16-month detainment in North Korea, will speak today.

According to the North Korean government, Warmbier was detained because he had sneaked onto a restricted floor of his hotel and had stolen a political poster.

While in North Korea, Rodman was shown in video and photos presenting the isolated country's sports minister Kim Il Guk with off-the-wall gifts that included a copy of Trump's book "The Art of the Deal", soap, two autographed jerseys and a copy of "Where's Waldo?"

Over the next five days, and after consulting Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson instructed Yun to travel to North Korea to negotiate Warmbier's release.

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Otto Warmbier's Father Thanks Trump Administration for 'Bringing Otto Home'