Student freed from North Korea suffered 'severe neurological injury'

Despite his ill-advised tour of North Korea and alleged attempt to steal a propaganda poster, the treatment that he and other prisoners (there are three Americans still imprisoned in North Korea) received is unacceptable.

The damage to Warmbier is apparently limited to his nervous system, with no evidence of "acute or healing fracture", suggesting that Warmbier wasn't severely beaten, the doctors said.

A brain scan showed extensive loss of tissue in all regions of the brain, but doctors said there was no "certain or verifiable knowledge of the cause or circumstances of his neurological injury". In their evaluation, they don't feel at this time that he has any conscious awareness as he shows no signs of understanding verbal language and no purposeful movement. Additionally, he showed no signs of infection, and his vital signs are stable.

On Thursday, the State Department said that USA diplomat Joseph Yun, who negotiated Mr Warmbier's release, had also met with three other U.S. citizens being held in North Korea.

"Based upon our analysis of those images, the brain injury likely occurred in the preceding weeks", he said.

Fred Warmbier said there's relief to have their son home in the arms of those who love him and anger that he was so brutally treated for so long. He thanked the Trump administration for getting the job done, and had this message for the North Korean government.

Twenty-two-year-old Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir) was taken immediately to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after his arrival Tuesday night in Ohio.

Otto's father, Fred Warmbier, gave a televised statement to the press on June 15, 2017.

Upon learning about Warmbier's condition, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Yun to take a delegation to North Korea.

Warmbier explained that during his son's imprisonment, the family had "to choose their words carefully" so they wouldn't offend the North Koreans. "So do we. We have few answers", Fred Warmbier said.

Doctors are scheduled to provide further details about Warmbier's condition on Thursday afternoon.

The North Korean government said Warmbier went into a coma after he suffered an attack of botulism - a type of food poisoning - and was given sleeping pills.

Diplomat Dennis Rodman, who is now in North Korea, declined to comment Tuesday on Warmbier's condition or that of three other Americans still being detained.

His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, say they were told he had been in the coma for over a year.

The medical team at Cincinnati got some medical records from the North Koreans and they said the records show Warmbier has been in this condition since April of a year ago.

The father of an American college student released by North Korea and now in a coma in hospital has said his son was "terrorised and brutalised" by his captors.

"They are a pariah regime", said Fred Warmbier.