World North Korea Detainee Has Suffered Extensive Loss of Brain Tissue

14:46  16 june  2017
14:46  16 june  2017 Source:   MSN

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An American university student who was detained for 17 months in North suffered a serious neurological injury that resulted in '' extensive loss of brain tissue '' but showed no signs of botulism, according to doctors.

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  North Korea Detainee Has Suffered Extensive Loss of Brain Tissue © bryan woolston/Reuters Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student jailed in North Korea for more than a year before his release this week, has suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and is in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness,” doctors treating him said Thursday.

The doctors in Cincinnati have limited medical data from North Korea, and the reasons for Mr. Warmbier’s injury remain shrouded in mystery. Doctors said the damage to his brain is consistent with lack of oxygen caused by cardiopulmonary arrest, which in someone his age—22 years old—could be caused by intoxication or trauma.

The physicians didn’t offer a prognosis, citing the wishes of Mr. Warmbier’s family, but indicated he has suffered a profound injury and faces a difficult road ahead.

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Doctors caring for released North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier said he has not spoken or moved on his own since he arrived in the United States on Tuesday. The 22-year-old has suffered extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain , doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center

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“He shows no signs of understanding language, responding to verbal commands or awareness of his surroundings,” said Dr. Daniel Kanter, medical director in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Physicians there have treated Mr. Warmbier since his arrival Tuesday night.

The North Koreans told U.S. officials during a secret meeting last week that Mr. Warmbier lost consciousness after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill. Mr. Warmbier’s father, Fred, said earlier Thursday he doubted this account. Otto Warmbier’s doctors said they saw no evidence of botulism but stressed they had very limited information about his condition prior to arrival in Cincinnati.

The doctors also didn’t see signs of trauma to his bones or skin. Scans provided by the North Koreans indicate Mr. Warmbier suffered a brain injury at least 14 months ago, Dr. Kanter said.

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An American university student who was detained for 17 months in North suffered a serious neurological injury that resulted in ' extensive loss of brain tissue ' but showed no signs of botulism, according to doctors. — Reuters.

Doctors caring for released North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier said he has not spoken or moved on his own since he arrived in the United States on Tuesday. The 22-year-old has suffered extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain , doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center

The North Koreans detained the college student at the Pyongyang airport in January 2016 and sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly defacing a political poster while on tour there.

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Cincinnati: Otto Warmbier, who was medically evacuated from a 17-month detention in North Korea this week, has extensive loss of brain tissue and is in a state of unresponsive wakefulness, University of Cincinnati doctors said Thursday afternoon.

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Mr. Warmbier’s father said he received word only last week that his son was in a coma in North Korea, after having no information for more than a year. He said he was relieved to have his son home, but was angry because he was “so brutally treated for so long.

“We have few answers. There’s no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son,” Mr. Warmbier said, speaking from his son’s former high school in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.

He wore the light-colored blazer that his son wore when he gave his confession in North Korea and choked back tears while speaking about his son. He said his wife, Cindy, was by Otto’s side at the hospital, where he is in stable condition.

In a one-sentence statement Thursday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said the U.S. student was sent home “on humanitarian grounds.”

President Donald Trump phoned Mr. Warmbier around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Mr. Warmbier said. In the conversation, Mr. Trump expressed sorrow about his son’s condition and told Mr. Warmbier that he told him about what the State Department did to secure his son’s release.

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U.S. College Student Released From North Korea Has ‘ Extensive Loss of Brain Tissue ’ and ‘No Signs of Understanding Language,’ Say Doctors. They don’t suspect he suffered from a direct traumatic brain injury. The doctors said they attempted to interact with him, but he had no consistent

An American university student who was detained for 17 months in North suffered a serious neurological injury that resulted in ' extensive loss of brain tissue ' but showed no signs of botulism, according to doctors.

“He wanted to find out about Otto,” he said. “It was gracious and nice.”

Mr. Warmbier said the Obama administration had stressed to the family that they maintain a low profile, and said, “We did so without result.” But after the change of administration in Washington, the family “decided the time for strategic patience was over,” Mr. Warmbier said.

He also said that former U.S. professional basketball star Dennis Rodman—who has made several trips to Pyongyang, and is visiting there again this week—had nothing to do with Otto Warmbier’s release.

Mr. Warmbier said the North Korean government claims his son was in a coma for almost all the time he was held.

One reason for his lengthy detention in that condition was because he was being held by North Korea’s public security department, according to a person familiar with the situation. The public security department is seen as more hard-line than Pyongyang’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Warmbier’s father said Thursday that his son was being held by North Korea “as a war criminal.”

The person familiar with the situation said that Pyongyang’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs moved to release Mr. Warmbier earlier this year after it had learned that he had been in a coma.

U.S. citizens formerly detained for extended periods in North Korea, including missionary Kenneth Bae and tourists such as Korean War veteran Merrill Newman, have received medical care, but those cases were handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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He has suffered a “severe injury to all regions of the brain ,” medical professionals An examination revealed that he has “ extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain .” North Korea claims that Warmbier developed botulism. He was given a sleeping pill, they say, and he never woke up.

Kanter said the young man suffered " extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain ." The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.

After North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January last year, the U.S. led efforts to tighten sanctions on North Korea. In March 2016, the U.S. and South Korea conducted so-called decapitation exercises on the Korean Peninsula aimed at North Korea’s leadership, and in July 2016 the Obama administration sanctioned leader Kim Jong Un directly for human-rights abuses, in moves that North Korea regards as acts of war.

Three other American citizens are known to be detained in North Korea, according to U.S. authorities, and Mr. Warmbier called for their release as well.

He expressed relief that the family and community didn’t have to stay in the shadows any longer for fear of offending the secretive North Korean regime. He also criticized tour groups who help Americans access North Korea, and said he believes the North Koreans lure U.S. citizens there to take them “hostage.” Roughly 5,000 Western tourists visit the country each year.

Mr. Warmbier described his son as “a sweet, loving, kind person” who is also adventurous and had never been in a fight. He would have graduated from the University of Virginia in May.

When his son returned home Tuesday night, Mr. Warmbier said he knelt down beside his son and embraced him.

“These things are tough to process but he’s with us,” Mr. Warmbier said. “We’re trying to make him comfortable.”

Write to Jon Kamp at jon.kamp@wsj.com

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