The family of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier announced on Monday that he has passed away just a week after being released from captivity in North Korea.
BREAKING: 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, U.S. student released from North Korea last week, has passed away, his family says. pic.twitter.com/wnG5QKFKAz
— ABC News (@ABC) June 19, 2017
“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” the family’s statement read. Warmbier, according to his family’s statement, was “unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands” when he returned to Ohio on June 13.
Warmbier’s doctors, according to ABC News, said Warmbier had multiple injuries after his time in North Korea:
Doctors from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said last week that Warmbier, 22, was suffering from injuries related to cardiopulmonary arrest and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness. Scans showed extensive loss in all regions of Warmbier’s brain, doctors said.
North Korean officials returned Warmbier in a coma after detaining him for 17 months. The authoritarian regime sentenced Warmbier for allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda poster and claimed he suffered from botulism.