20 June, 2017
In a news conference Thursday, doctors called his condition "unresponsive wakefulness", and revealed he had suffered significant brain damage during his imprisonment. He is in stable condition but sustained a severe neurological injury, the official said. Fred Warmbier said at a news conference Thursday that Trump had said he was "sorry" and criticized his predecessor Barack Obama for his failure to obtain Otto Warmbier's release earlier.
His father, Fred Warmbier, said his son had been "brutalized and terrorized" by Kim Jong Un's regime.
"The fact that he was taken and treated this way is disgusting. They're brutal, they're terroristic". "We see the results of their actions, with Otto".
Otto Warmbier's condition, its possible causes and his treatment while he was detained in North Korea are of intense interest in a case that threatens to worsen already fraught relations between the United States and North Korea.
A former teacher of Otto also spoke, stating he "thrived" in high school.
Doctors said they don't know what caused the brain damage.
"It was a really nice conversation".
Fred Warmbier said they are happy Otto is back "in the arms of those who love him", but angry he was treated brutally. He was very candid.
'I've got nothing from my experiences with him that would suggest he would do something like that, ' he said. "Those were our efforts", Fred said. The Warmbier family kept quiet "on the false premise that (North Korea) would treat Otto fairly and let him go".
There had been speculation as to whether Warmbier's release had anything to do with basketball star Dennis Rodman's recent trip to North Korea. "Otto should have been released from the start".
On Thursday, his father said his son's spirit is with them: "He's with us".
"When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13 he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. We hope that they will soon be able to return home", Nauert added. Fred Warmbier said. "I was in shock". He detailed traveling to Washington D.C. more than a dozen times with no results.
"We met everyone in the last administration from [then-Secretary of State] John Kerry to. our senators, our congressmen". "We have not come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it". We've met our senators, our congressmen.
The doctors said Warmbier's severe brain injury was most likely - given his young age - to have been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain. He was held as a war criminal for allegedly putting a government propaganda poster in his suitcase. "They termed his confinement as a war criminal". They started in Norway, playing the role of neutral third party, and moved to NY, where North Korean diplomats are accredited at the United Nations.
Otto has undergone a full list of imaging and diagnostic tests.
Asked if he had ever been granted a face-to-face interview with President Obama, Warmbier said, "Oh, never, never".
Warmbier's release came as former USA basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, returning to the nuclear-armed country where he met leader Kim Jong Un on previous visits. He was then taken by ambulance to a hospital.