US student Otto Warmbier dies after returning from North Korea

Last edited 19th June 2017

US student Otto Warmbier dies after returning from North Korea

OTTO Warmbier, the US student released by North Korea in a coma after more than a year in detention, has died.

The 22-year-old, who had suffered severe brain damage, was medically evacuated to the United States on June 13.

He died on Monday at 2.20pm (US time), surrounded by family at a hospital in his home town of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mr Warmbier was evacuated from North Korea with severe brain damage. Picture: APMr Warmbier was evacuated from North Korea with severe brain damage.

“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” his family said in a statement.

“The awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible,”they added.

The family said they were choosing to focus on the time they were given with their “warm, engaging, brilliant” son instead of focusing on what they had lost. They also thanked the medical professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre and described the terrible state that Warmbier was in when he arrived back in the US.

“When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands," his family’s statement said.

“He looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished. Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed — he was a peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that.”

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