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U.S. student freed from North Korea has 'extensive loss of brain tissue' -Doctor

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 02:12

An American university student who was detained for 17 months in North suffered a serious neurological injury that resulted in ''extensive loss of brain tissue'' but showed no signs of botulism, according to doctors. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An American university student who was detained for 17 months in North suffered a serious neurological injury that resulted in "extensive loss of brain tissue" but showed no signs of botulism, according to doctors treating him in Cincinnati, Ohio. Despite the brain tissue damage, Otto Warmbier, 22, is stable and continues to receive treatment at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Dr. Daniel Kanter said at a news briefing at the hospital. Warmbier has been in a coma since March 2016, shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in North Korea, the family said on Tuesday after he was released. He was arrested for trying to steal an item with a propaganda slogan, North Korean media reported. North Korea's official KCNA news agency said in a one-line report on Thursday the student was sent home "on humanitarian grounds." North Korea had said Warmbier had fallen into a coma after contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill. Though doctors in Cincinnati said on Thursday that evaluations showed no signs to suggest botulism.

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U.S. student freed from North Korea has 'extensive loss of brain tissue' -Doctor

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 02:12