Student freed by North Korea has severe neurological injury

Based on those images, doctors estimate the brain injury likely occurred in the preceding weeks, he said.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert did not comment on the medical conditions of the American detainees.

The North Korean government said it released Warmbier on humanitarian grounds.

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a former US ambassador to the United Nations who has negotiated with the North Korean regime in the past, said there should be an investigation into what happened to Warmbier leading to this "tragic situation". 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.

Rodman was asked by reporters Tuesday if he would bring up the cases of Warmbier and three other Americans detained in North Korea.

Warmbier said that his son's return has been bittersweet. "We don't believe anything they say".

"Disbelief. Couldn't sit down".

They said his prognosis remains confidential. He noted that the North Koreans had refused to let Swedish officials - the United States' diplomatic intermediaries in that country - visit or contact Otto for more than a year.

His family was told that his condition was the result of botulism, a rare bacterial infection, and taking a sleeping pill. "He doesn't deserve this", Fred Warmbier told The Cincinnati Enquirer in an interview last month.

Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor in North Korea for alleged anti-state acts. He arrived in his hometown of Cincinnati in a coma after being medically evacuated, according to the Associated Press.

Otto Warmbier, 22, has been in "a state of unresponsive wakefulness" since arriving at an OH hospital after what North Korean officials said was more than a year in a coma, doctor Daniel Kanter said. The hospital will provide an update on his condition at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Warmbier's medical team said they had found no evidence of botulism, the explanation given by the North Korean regime for how the young man fell into a coma shortly after being sentenced in March 2016 for stealing a political poster from a hotel.

The North's KCNA news agency said in a dispatch that the decision to release the 22-year-old American student followed a court decision. They plan to hold a news conference Thursday morning in their home state of Ohio.

His father Fred Warmbier said: "We went for 15 months without a word from or about Otto". "It's just something I think in the Western world we just can't understand, we just can't grasp, the evilness behind [the North Korean] dictatorship".

He returned home to OH on Tuesday in a coma after being "brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime", his family said in a statement.

An American college student who was released from a North Korean prison is finally home but in a coma and undergoing treatment at an OH hospital where he was taken shortly after arriving on US soil. He was then taken by ambulance to a hospital.

  • Rogelio Becker