Doctors: Otto Warmbier Has Extensive Brain Injury. His Father Disses Obama [VIDEO]

Doctors: Otto Warmbier Has Extensive Brain Injury. His Father Disses Obama [VIDEO]

Doctors: Otto Warmbier Has Extensive Brain Injury. His Father Disses Obama [VIDEO]

Otto Warmbier is in very, very bad shape. Doctors at the Cincinnati Medical Center held a press conference where they reported that he’s suffered extensive brain damage.

Otto Warmbier, as you will recall, is the 22-year-old who was held in a North Korean jail for 18 months. He was accused of ripping down a propaganda poster while on a tour in 2016. Otto returned to the United States on Tuesday.

Otto Warmbier in North Korean custody. Credit:

Dr. Daniel Kanter, director of the Neurocritical Care Program at CMS said that Warmbier has not spoken, nor has he “engaged in any purposeful movements.” He continued: “He shows no signs of understanding language or responding to verbal commands.” Dr. Kanter described this state as “unresponsive wakefulness.”

Otto Warmbier arrives in Cincinnati. Credit:

As for Warmbier’s diagnosis of “botulism” that the North Koreans reported? The neurologists reported that there were no signs of the condition. They still don’t know what caused his brain injury, although it may have resulted from “cardio pulmonary arrest.” And how does a young healthy man develop cardiac arrest? Mayo Clinic reports that it can occur from “an outside trigger, such as an electrical shock, the use of illegal drugs or trauma to the chest at just the wrong time of the heart’s cycle.”

Does that sound like botulism to you?

His father held a press conference earlier on Thursday. Fred Warmbier spoke highly of President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“Last evening, we received a very nice phone call from Pres. Trump, who told us that Sec. of State Tillerson worked hard to bring Otto home. We are extremely grateful for their efforts and concern,” he said.

And President Obama? Eh, not so much. Fred Warmbier stated that the Obama administration had urged them to keep a low profile about their son’s plight. As a result, young Otto may have languished longer in that North Korean prison than he needed. Finally, in the spring, the Warmbier parents decided the “time for strategic patience was over.”

“The results speak for themselves,” said Fred Warmbier.

Now I’ve seen comments on social media from people who just want to blame Otto Warmbier for his plight. “What idiot wants to go to North Korea?” they ask. So let’s consider a few things:

  • Otto Warmbier was no slouch. He was his high school class Salutatorian in 2013. He made the dean’s list at the University of Virginia, and was in the top 7 percent of incoming freshmen.
  • Otto was on a foreign study trip to Hong Kong when he decided to join a student tour group to North Korea. The group he joined was with “Young Pioneer Tours,” a budget company. The tour was billed as a five-day New Year’s trip to Pyongyang.
  • Young Pioneer Tours received a “Certificate of Excellence” from Trip Advisor in 2014 and 2015.

For a young college man trying out his wings abroad, it must’ve sounded like quite an adventure. And it probably sounded safe — after all, he was going with a tour group. That’s hardly the same as accidentally trekking into Iran with two of your buds. So I certainly don’t blame Otto. Moreover, I’d like a show of hands of anyone who never, ever made any unwise decisions as a college student.

And now, Otto’s innocent trip has become the trip from hell, a trip from which he probably will not recover. At least President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson were able to bring this tormented young man back to the family who loves him.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Merle says:

    Imagine that – obama wanted to hush it up!!!


  • Jodi says:

    Well said, Kim. Thank you for the article.

  • Al says:

    I am just so sickened by this entire situation. This is beyond infuriating. Prayers for both Otto and his family. I pray God will work a miracle on this young man and heal him entirely.

  • GWB says:

    “Young Pioneer Tours,” a budget company

    Ummm, a company in a communist country, offering tours to another communist country, and it’s called “Young Pioneers”? The historical literacy of our young people is appalling, especially concerning communism and the Soviet Union. *smh*

    I concur with Al – prayers for Otto and his family.
    And may 0bama suffer appropriately for his part in this.

    (I wonder how many generations they have been in America, as Otto is an unusual name here and now, but it fits with the last name. Americans are all over the board when it comes to keeping Old World traditions, and adopting new ones.)

  • Joe Miller says:

    I know we have a policy against assassinating foreign leaders, but what about snatching them?

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