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

Also known as persistent vegetative state, the syndrome's symptoms include no voluntary movement or awareness of surroundings.

Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Otto Warmbier's doctors said he is breathing on his own but does not consistently respond to verbal cues.

He was returned to the US this week after 17 months in captivity, but a significant portion of his brain is damaged after falling into a mysterious coma.

After handing their passports to the immigration officer, there was a short wait, followed by the appearance of two North Korean security officials, who took Warmbier to a private room. "They did not, however, shed light on the circumstances of his injury or an exact cause". But an analysis of images from North Korea of Warmbier's brain dated April 2016 suggests the injury occurred in the preceding weeks.

"Brain cells require oxygen, carried by red blood cells, to survive, so when the heart or lungs are compromised, the cells may not survive", he said.

The tour group that brought a 22 year-old American student to North Korea where he was later detained and sent home over a year later in a coma advertises the country as "probably one of the safest countries on Earth to visit". He had been on a tour of the reclusive country, his parents said.

Michael Madden, the editor of the North Korean Leadership Watch website, said that whatever went wrong while Warmbier was in custody, those in charge of him appear to have tried to cover it up.

"That was it. That was the last physical time I saw Otto, ever". Otto Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison sentence with hard labor after being accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner.

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"If there are humanitarian efforts that are being conducted, that's fine", he says. Fred Warmbier said. "I was in shock". Beyond minor skin blemishes consistent with medical care they found no evidence of fractures or trauma to his body. They said they don't know what caused the brain damage.

THOMPSON: Warmbier says he worked behind the scenes with USA and Swedish officials to get his son out. "We did not find any evidence of that".

He said officials had counseled the family to not speak out about Otto's detention, to avoid antagonizing the North Korean regime. "We get to see our son Otto tonight".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the USA was pleased that special envoy Joseph Yun was also able to reach the other detained Americans.

After the network evening newscasts downplayed or ignored the father of freed North Korea hostage Otto Warmbier criticizing the Obama administration's failure to bring his severely injured son home, on Friday's NBC Today, correspondent Andrea Mitchell actually devoted a full report to the topic.

Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, addressed the media for 10 minutes before taking questions. Over the past week, emerging details have highlighted the Obama administration's incompetence or its unwillingness to fight for Warmbier's release. 'Every once in a while they single out someone to make a point, and this was just Otto's turn.

American parents who hear about his case will now perhaps think twice if faced with the same decision that Fred and Cindy Warmbier made.

Rodman created a stir by arriving in the country with his small entourage all wearing clothing and hats featuring the name of a company specializing in a cybercurrency used to buy and sell marijuana. "That's not my goal right now", he said. "But they provide fodder for the North Koreans, and my son happened to become fodder for the North Koreans".

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