Otto Warmbier returned to his home state of Ohio this week after 17 months of captivity in North Korea, the circumstances of which are still unknown.
“It’s tempting to dwell on what we’ve lost in this moment, on all the time we won’t get to spend with a warm, engaging, intelligent young guy whose curiosity and zest for life had no limitations. However, we have chosen to concentrate on the time we have been given to be with this extraordinary person “In a statement, his family expressed their condolences.
The young guy who arrived in Cincinnati wasn’t the same person who departed on a vacation to discover the mysterious nation a year and a half ago.
Warmbier did not speak, move in any meaningful manner, or react to vocal communication before to his death. Doctors described his state as “unresponsive wakefulness” during a press briefing, and indicated that he had sustained substantial brain damage while imprisoned.
Otto Warmbier Cause of death
The North Korean authorities blamed Warmbier’s sickness on botulism, but experts claimed they found no trace of the disease in the now 22-year-old.
Otto Warmbier was merely an adventurous college student until his imprisonment grabbed worldwide news.
Who was Otto Warmbier?
Otto Warmbier was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, parents Cindy and Fred Warmbier, in the same city where he is currently hospitalized.
He succeeded academically, graduating as salutatorian of his class from Wyoming High School in 2013 and receiving a scholarship to the University of Virginia. He was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity and studied business and economics there.
According to all accounts, Warmbier was a meticulous planner. Someone who would always put family and homework ahead of social activities.
“There was literally nothing you could say to Otto to get him to do activities with you if he had anything schoolwork-related, job-related, family-related,” Otto’s buddy Ned Ende told the Washington Post.
But, rather of graduating with the rest of his class in May, Warmbier remained in North Korea.
It wasn’t in the plan at all.