Otto Warmbier, Dies Within Days Of Release From North Korea; Doctors State U.S. Student Suffered Extensive Brain Damage

By Dipannita | Jun 21, 2017 05:18 PM EDT

Otto Warmbier, a student who was detained in North Korea died within days after he was released. Additionally, contrary to the story that North Korea stated that Otto had contracted botulism, no such evidence was found while he was being treated at the Cincinnati hospital.

After 17 months of being detained in North Korea, Otto Warmbier was released just a couple of days back. However, he died within days of being released and while he was being treated at the Cincinnati hospital. According to Asian Correspondent, he was in a coma at the time when he was released from captivity.

Moreover, the doctors who were treating him found that he was suffering from extensive brain damage which left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness." The doctors also said that neither did Warmbier make any purposeful movement nor did he show any signs of understanding of his surroundings or the language.

Warmbier's parents have also said in a statement that their son suffered immense physical torture while he was held captive in North Korea, which resulted in his death. In similar reports, it has been said that though the medical treatment that Warmbier received remains a mystery. But North Korea has said that Warmbier went into a coma after he contracted botulism and was given a sleeping pill. However, the doctors at Cincinnati hospital did not find any evidence of botulism while treating him.

Moreover, ex-detainees of North Korea have expressed their shock after the death of Warmbier, like Jeffrey Fowle, an Ohio municipal worker. Notably, he was imprisoned in North Korea as he left a Bible in a nightclub and was detained for six months, Reuters reported. However, he was in a better state of health when he was released. He expressed shock at the demise of Otto Warmbier and also added that "It doesn't take much to get in trouble in North Korea."

It must be mentioned here that Warmbier was detained in North Korea on charges of stealing an item that bore a propaganda slogan, while he was visiting the state as a tourist. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, however, on "humanitarian" grounds, he was released earlier.

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