Local (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky) college student Otto Warmbier was caught in North Korea taking a political poster off the wall in his hotel. He was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 17-years of hard labor. That was about a year and half ago. North Korea claims that shortly after being convicted and sentenced, Warmbier slipped into a coma. He was just released on humanitarian grounds and was returned to Cincinnati where he is in a hospital. Doctors are saying that he is missing extensive brain tissue.
Otto Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months before being returned home in a coma this week, suffered “extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain,” according to one of the doctors treating him.
Dr. Daniel Kanter of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center told a news conference that Warmbier “shows no signs of understanding language, responding to verbal commands or awareness of his surroundings.”
While they don’t know what caused the brain injury, Kanter said it could likely be the result of “cardio pulmonary arrest.” …
Warmbier’s parents say that their son was beaten by North Korean officials, but doctors have not disclosed the reason for the loss of so much brain tissue. Such a massive loss of brain tissue makes total recovery unlikely and will probably mean that Otto will need extensive care 24/7 for the rest of his life. The questions now are if the Warmbeir’s can prove their claim of Otto being beaten and if they do, what will the Trump administration do about it, if anything?