Otto Warmbier’s Doctors Reveal Massive Damage To Former Prisoner’s Brain; No Evidence of Botulism
A panel of doctors at the University of Cincinnati revealed on Thursday that former North Korean prisoner Otto Warmbier suffered severe damage to his brain while he was being held by the communist regime.
“His neurological condition can be best described as a state of unresponsive wakefulness,” Dr. Daniel Kanter said.
Dr. Kanter explained that “the most important diagnostic test thus far was a magnetic resonance imaging scan of the brain. This study showed extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain.”
The Ohio-based physician then outlined, “We have no certain or verifiable knowledge of the cause or circumstances of his neurological injury. This pattern of brain injury, however, is usually seen as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest, where the blood supply to the brain is inadequate for a period of time, resulting in the death of brain tissue.”
Dr. Kanter also revealed that the doctors caring for Warmbier “received copies of brain MRI images from the medical personnel in North Korea. The earliest images are dated April 2016. Based upon our analysis of those images, the brain injury likely occurred in the preceding weeks.”
When the American student was released in his comatose state on Tuesday, the North Korean regime explained that his condition was due to a case of botulism. Warmbier was subsequently given a sleeping pill, and he reportedly never woke up.
However, one of the physicians treating the former prisoner, Dr. Brandon Foreman, cast doubt on this claim.
“Botulism, as you know, is a toxin that causes nerve injury,” Dr. Foreman said. “As part of his evaluation with us, we performed electromyography and nerve conduction studies. Those tests did not reveal any evidence…that would suggest active botulism at this time.“
Moments later, Fox News correspondent Cristina Corbin followed up by asking, “You say didn’t find any evidence whatsoever of botulism at all?” Dr. Foreman replied, “That’s correct. Yeah.”
You can watch Dr. Kanter’s opening statement at the press conference above, via CNN.
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