What happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea?

By Griffen Smith | NORTH KOREA

21-year-old Otto Warmbier died June 19th at the University Of Cincinnati after being sent home from North Korea in a Coma. According to his Doctor, Dr. Daniel Kanter, Warmbier was in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness”, which simply means his bodily functions still work, but he was unconscious. Kanter added that there was “extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain.” The most likely prognosis from this is that he lost oxygen to his brain for a long amount of time.

Warmbier was in went to North Korea in January 2016 as a tourist and was captured as he tried to flee the country. North Korea tried him with “Hostile Acts” against them and was then forced to apologize on its state-sponsored media. After he was most likely forced to say he was a US spy, Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, starting March 2016. He only made it through one month. As a North Korean medical reports show, Warmbier fell into a coma after reportedly taking a sleeping pill for a remedy to food poisoning. Doctors who examined him found no evidence of this food poisoning, called Botulism. Furthermore, upon further research, Botulism may be deadly, but it does not cause brain damage like what Otto Warmbier experienced. Dr. Kanter explains that he most likely had a blood clot, or a heart attack, in which fresh blood couldn’t get to the brain.

The most unknown about this issue is why North Korea kept him for 15 months while he was in a coma, but then just days ago released him for “Humanitarian Concerns.” He has no significant injuries from when he was there but was he conveniently in a coma the whole time he was in custody? Do we actually know if the North Korean medical documents are real? We don’t, we must seek the truth for Otto Warmbier’s sake.


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