Tuesday, 20 June 2017

22-year-old American student dies just a week after he was released from North Korea | President Trump reacts

U.S College student who was released from North Korea last week after he spent 17 months in prison and more than a year in a coma died on Monday at an Ohio hospital where he was receiving treatment.

New York Times reports the Warmbier family released a statement, saying Otto died at 2:20 p.m on Monday. 

The statement said, “Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today. 

When Otto returned to Cincinnati on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands, he looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished. Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed — he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that.”

The doctors who monitored released Warmbier had said last week he has neither spoken nor moved on his own since he was released to the U.S on Tuesday, a condition the Doctors describe as “unresponsive wakefulness”.

In a news conference Thursday, the doctors at University of Cincinnati Medical Center said the two M.R.I. scans sent by the North Korean showed Warmbier suffered a catastrophic brain injury shortly after his conviction. He suffered “extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of his brain” that was most likely triggered by “cardiopulmonary arrest” that cut the blood supply to his brain off.
“Unresponsive wakefulness” also known as persistent vegetative state, includes no voluntary movement or awareness of surroundings.

President Donald Trump has expressed dismay at news of Warmbier’s death and condemned the “brutal regime.”
Trump said in a statement, “Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing. There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him”.
“Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency. The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”
The 22-year-old who was a honors student at the University of Virginia was traveling in China in December 2015 when he signed up for a five-day tour of North Korea with a Chinese company that advertised “budget travel to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from.” 
Warmbier was detained at the Pyongyang airport in early January 2016, charged with a “hostile act” against the country’s authoritarian government and convicted less than two months later of trying to steal a propaganda poster

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