Coroner's report deepens mystery of Otto Warmbier's death

Sep 29, 2017, 00:37
Coroner's report deepens mystery of Otto Warmbier's death

A coroner said Wednesday her office could not determine the exact cause of the death of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was detained in North Korea for more than a year.

The 22-year-old American university student was released by North Korea after reportedly going into a coma shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years hard labour in March 2016.

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "Great interview on @foxandfriends with the parents of Otto Warmbier: 1994 - 2017".

Mystery surrounds the death of Otto Warmbier after a coroner said his body showed few signs of torture.

The spokesman reiterated North Korea's denial that it tortured the American student, who was detained for more than year and died soon after his release to the us while still in a coma. Doctors there said he arrived in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" and had suffered a "severe neurological injury" of uncertain cause. "They kidnapped Otto. They tortured him". "We were surprised at that statement".

During their appearances on and earlier this week, Fred and Cindy Warmbier as "totally deformed" when he came home from North Korea.

She said: The fact that Otto was alone all that time with no one to comfort him is inexcusable.

Specifically, the report described his teeth as "natural and in good repair".

"He was blind. He was deaf", Fred Warmbier added.

The coroner's report said there were complications of chronic deficiency of oxygen and blood supply to the brain.

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As the Warmbier's opened up for the first time since their son's death, Neack believes several other US families are watching closely.

North Korea previously blamed botulism and the ingestion of a sleeping pill for Mr Warmbier's condition, and dismissed torture claims.

"We don't know what happened to him, and this is the bottom line", she said.

"I can tell you that we didn't see any evidence of trauma to the teeth", Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said. The us president has accused North Korea of having "tortured beyond the imaginable".

Baba Warmbier, who spoke to American Fox television in past days, said that while he was on plane, his son was tied up on a stretcher and shaken to reveal his nerves while he was pulling out. Warmbier's family declined an autopsy, but Sammarco said a CT scan served as a "virtual autopsy".

Regardless of whether or not North Korea tortured Warmbier, he would nearly certainly still be alive had North Korea not detained him on wild charges.

Trump and Warmbier's parents have maintained the teen was tortured while in detention for stealing a propaganda sign.

The release of the autopsy report comes at a time of high tension between the USA and North Korea, which is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Sammarco said she agreed with UC Health system doctors who treated Warmbier and said they found no evidence of botulism.