Student dies days after release
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’’.