Adviser says Obama tried to get Warmbier back

He said his wife, Cindy, had not left their son's side since his return to the United States and that he had spoken with US President Donald Trump on Wednesday night. He has been in a coma-like state since March of a year ago, but his parents say they were only just notified.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters on Thursday, "We're glad he's home". "I just said kind of quite nervously, 'Well, that's the last we'll see of you.' There's a great irony in those words".

At the request of the family, Kanter said the hospital won't provide any information on his prognosis, prospects for care or future treatment.

Unlike in a coma, patients with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome are technically awake and can show small signs of eye movement, such as blinking, even if they don't display conscious awareness or reaction to their surroundings like in Warmbier's case.

"He was very candid and it was a nice conversation", he said, adding that Trump expressed concern for the family's wellbeing. "No evidence of botulism", Dr. Brandon Foreman said.

Kanter said his medical team has had no direct contact with North Korean authorities although he did say they sent along medical records, including medical imaging scans on a disk and blood lab results with dates. "That's what we're seeing is this removal".

While thousands travel to North Korea each year and return safely, Warmbier's story shows there's a awful price to be paid for some. He was found guilty of committing a "hostile act" against the country and sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor. He was allowed no consular visits.

It was learned only this week that he has been in a coma for more than a year.

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North Korean officials said the American had been ill since he was arrested March 2016 from botulism - a type of poisoning caused by bacteria that can lead to paralysis - and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill. While botulism does cause nerve damage, despite numerous tests on Otto since his return on Tuesday, no evidence of botulism has been discovered.

Warmbier was a University of Virginia student when he was detained while touring North Korea. He was then taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Speaking a news conference, Warmbier's father said North Korea had "brutalised and terrorised" the student and accused it of making false promises that tourists would not be detained.

One many people had was how an athletic young man had become so desperately ill.

State media in North Korea claims Warmbier was released for "humanitarian reasons".

Fred also said they followed the Obama administration to keep a low profile. "They did not do this out of the kindness of their hearts". He said Warmbier was breathing on his own. "U.S. citizens in the DPRK are at serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea's system of law enforcement. They're brutal, they're terroristic". "We see the results of their actions, with Otto".

His visit coincided with the release of Otto Warmbier, a United States student sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean jail with hard labour jail for admitting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel he was staying at.

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