Otto Warmbier, released to U.S. from North Korea, non-responsive to speech

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump said Friday he is "glad" the USA was able to bring back Otto Warmbier, the American who was detained in North Korea for 17 months, though he expressed outrage that he is now in a coma.

On Thursday, they described 22-year-old Otto Warmbier (WORM'-birz) as in a state of "unresponsiveness wakefulness".

A USA diplomat who traveled to North Korea to secure American college student Otto Warmbier's (WORM'-birz) release also was able to make contact with three other Americans detained there.

Doctors said they can't speculate on what happened to Warmbier in North Korea, but that he likely suffered a respiratory arrest at some point in time, which could be the result of several causes.

"He has spontaneous eye opening and blinking", said Dr. Daniel Kanter, director of neurocritical care for the University of Cincinnati Health system.

Warmbier's family said North Korea insist the coma was the result of botulism and a sleeping pill.

Fred Warmbier appeared critical of the Obama administration's handling of Otto's detention, saying the family heeded the United States government's initial advice to take a low profile "without result".

Fred Warmbier said that he doesn't know why North Korea released his son but that the country doesn't do anything out of "the kindness of their hearts". An MRI scan revealed "extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain", Kanter said.

The U.S. recently obtained intelligence reports suggesting that North Korean authorities repeatedly beat Warmbier while he was in custody, a senior American official told The New York Times. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday the U.S.is considering a ban on American travel to the isolated authoritarian state headed by dictator Kim Jong Un.

She says Yun traveled with the doctors to North Korea on a private aircraft after being instructed by President Donald Trump to travel there to negotiate Warmbier's release. Although he is in a stable condition, he remains unresponsive.

"The day after he was sentenced, he went into a coma", Fred Warmbier said in the Fox interview.

Fred Warmbier said they are happy Otto is back "in the arms of those who love him", but angry he was treated brutally. Warmbier said the family was "extremely grateful for their efforts and concern".

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been heightened by North Korean missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests.

Information on prisons is scarce in North Korea.

The University of Virginia student's father, Fred Warmbier, said his son had been "brutalised and terrorised" by the North Korean government.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier, Otto's parents, have also expressed disbelief at North Korea's story that their son caught extreme food poisoning.

'At no stage did I ever think he was anything but a very, very polite kid'. He was charged with "hostile acts against the state" after allegedly attempting to take down a large propaganda sign lauding the regime in a staff area of his hotel in Pyongyang.

North Korea continues to detain three Americans: Kim Dong Chul, a Virginia businessman; Kim Sang Duk, a university professor; and Kim Hak-dong, also a university professor.

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