Former North Korean detainee Otto Warmbier dies

(WROC-TV) - Otto Warmbier, the college student who returned to the United States last week after 17 months of detention in North Korea, died Monday afternoon, his family said in a statement.

"It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.," the statement said.

"We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto," the statement said. "Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today."

Warmbier was suffering from "unresponsive wakefulness," also known as a persistent vegetative state. That means he is awake at times but is not aware of his surroundings or himself.

The 22-year-old college student suffered severe brain damage during his 17 months of detention, said doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.


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