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USA doctors dispute North Korean coma story

18 June 2017

And no excuse for the way they've treated so many others.

An MRI of his brain revealed "extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain", Kanter said, along with "profound weakness" in his leg and arm muscles.

They say he doesn't show any consistent response to stimulation, shows no sign of understanding language, responding to commands or awareness of his environment.

Warmbier's vital signs were stable upon arrival, Kanter said.

Doctors declined to speculate on what may have caused Warmbier's condition and said they would not discuss his prospects or treatment out of respect for his family. Fred Warmbier, Otto's father, has refuted that account. He said he would leave the medical details of his son's condition to the doctor's press conference (at 3pm this afternoon).

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Fred Warmbier said his family doesn't believe North Korea's explanation that Otto fell into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill shortly after his sentencing.

Warmbier's parents, Fred and Cindy, confirmed their son was on a medevac flight.

Otto Warmbier was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal an item with a propaganda slogan, according to North Korean media reports.

"We don't believe anything they (North Korea) say", said Fred Warmbier, who was wearing a sport coat Otto Warmbier had worn during a broadcast confession of his crimes a year ago in North Korea.

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says there should be an investigation into what happened to an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and was returned to his home state of OH in a coma.

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When asked whether President Obama could have done more, Fred Warmbier replied: "I think the results speak for themselves".

City councilwoman Jenni McCauley said the tight-knit community was "thrilled" to have Warmbier back.

A United States diplomat was dispatched to the nation on June 12 to discuss the release of Americans held by the North Korean administration, the department added.

Voice breaking and tears in his eyes, the father noted he was wearing the same off-white jacket his son had worn during his North Korean court appearance, adding he was "proud" of his son's adventurous spirit.

Doctors described 22-year-old Otto Warmbier's condition as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" after they examined him upon his return from North Korea. According to doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Warmbier is a vegetable. He then thanked Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and President Trump for helping to bring his son home to them.

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Ruggiero said there are multiple arguments for restricting US tourism to North Korea, including limiting the hard currency the regime receives from such trips. But he says the USA government has to respond forcefully if it's determined the student's condition wasn't disclosed "and he didn't get proper treatment".