North Korea returned a young college student [Otto Frederick Warmbier] detained for over a year this week. He’s in a coma, and his parents don’t believe a word of North Korea’s explanation . . .
Warmbier returned to Cincinnati Tuesday and is now being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The comatose student’s condition is stable, but he suffered a “severe neurological injury,” according to a spokesperson from the medical facility where Warmiber is receiving care.
He reportedly fell into a coma shortly after his trial, and no one had heard anything from Warmbier for fifteen months.
“Even if you believe their explanation of botulism and a sleeping pill causing the coma, and we don’t, there is no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition secret and deny him top-notch medical care for so long,” his father, Fred Warmbier, said at a press conference Thursday.
The U.S. recently obtained intelligence reports suggesting that North Korean authorities brutally beat Warmbier while in custody, a senior American official told The New York Times. There were actually serious concerns that the young student was dead. Some American officials suspect that Warmbier’s current condition is the result of his treatment. (Read more from “Father of College Student Released From N. Korea Doesn’t Buy Explanation for Son’s Coma” HERE)