Stu­dent dies days af­ter re­lease

Shepparton News - - NATIONAL AND WORLD NEWS -

CINCIN­NATI: An Amer­i­can univer­sity stu­dent who had been held pris­oner in North Korea for 17 months has died in a United States hos­pi­tal, just days af­ter he was re­leased from cap­tiv­ity in a coma, his fam­ily has said.

Otto Warm­bier, 22, who was ar­rested in North Korea while vis­it­ing as a tourist, had been de­scribed by doc­tors car­ing for him last week as hav­ing ex­ten­sive brain dam­age that left him in a state of ‘‘un­re­spon­sive wake­ful­ness’’.

His fam­ily said Mr Warm­bier lapsed into a coma in March 2016, shortly af­ter he was sen­tenced to 15 years of hard labour in North Korea.

North Korea re­leased Warm­bier last week and said he was be­ing freed ‘‘on hu­man­i­tar­ian grounds’’.

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