Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

U.S. doctors dispute North Korean coma story

U.S. doctors dispute North Korean coma story

Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said Thursday that released North Korean detainee Otto Warmbier suffered extensive brain damage, but said the 22-year-old us college student doesn't now show signs of botulism.

"We don't believe anything they (the North Koreans) say", his father said.

Earlier on Thursday, University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman Kelly Martin told reporters that "Otto is in stable condition but he has suffered a severe neurological injury".

The team treating him were to deliver a full medical update later in the day. He does not believe North Korea's claim that his son's coma resulted from botulism and a sleeping pill. "It was kind, and 'Are you taking care of yourself?'" Warmbier will be on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday to talk more about Otto's condition.

The doctors said they attempted to interact with him, but he had no consistent response.

"He fought to stay alive through the worst the North Koreans put him through", Warmbier said.

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

He was sentenced to 15 years in a labour camp after a one-hour trial in March 2016.

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Warmbier's parents Fred and Cindy announced his release in a statement to CNN on Tuesday, saying that they were told their son was given a sleeping pill soon after his trial in March 2016 and never woke.

"North Korea would have calculated before his release and hoped for a positive effect", on bilateral ties, he said, adding that this could backfire if Warmbier's health condition was more serious than they had anticipated.

Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton joined Stuart Varney on "Your World" today to react to North Korea's "barbaric" treatment of Warmbier.

Trump called the family last night, Fred Warmbier said.

The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.

"Otto is not in great shape right now", Fred Warmbier, Otto's father, told Fox News in an interview Wednesday.

"I don't think we'll ever find the answer", he said.

"We're proud of him, too", some in the crowd shouted back. Richardson credited the State Department with the successful return of Warmbier, but said a response by the USA government will be required if it is found there was a cover-up relating to Otto's condition and if he had not received proper medical treatment.

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