The controversial story of released North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier who suffered extensive brain damage has taken another turn as doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said Thursday that he shows no current signs of botulism.
North Korea’s explanation was that Otto fell into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill shortly after he was sentenced in March 2016.
The 22-year-old American student has not spoken or “engaged in any purposeful movements” since arriving in the country Tuesday night, said Dr. Daniel Kanter. Tests showed an extensive loss of brain tissue.
“He shows no signs of understanding language or responding to verbal commands,” the doctor said, adding that Warmbier’s condition is best described as “unresponsive wakefulness.”
Warmbier’s father left no doubt he blames North Korea, blasting the secretive regime in a 23-minute news conference earlier Thursday.
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