After North Korea imprisoned American college student Otto Warmbier last year for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster in Pyongyang, the administration of then-President Barack Obama essentially told Warmbier’s family to shut up and “take a low profile,” his parents revealed in an interview.
In that same interview Tuesday with Fox News, three months after Warmbier died following his return to the United States for treatment for an unknown condition, the deceased 22-year-old’s father, Fred, described the horrifying condition he and his wife, Cindy, found his son in upon Otto’s return.
“When we got halfway up the steps, we heard this howling, involuntary, inhuman sound,” he said, describing the moment he and Cindy stepped inside the plane that had just brought their son back from North Korea.
“We weren’t really certain what it was. We climbed to the top of the steps and we looked in, and Otto was on the stretcher … He was jerking violently, making these inhuman sounds.”
“Otto had a shaved head, he had a feeding tube coming out of his nose, he was staring blankly into space, jerking violently, he was blind, he was deaf,” Fred Warmbier added. “As we looked at him and tried to comfort him, it looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged his bottom teeth.”
In other words, it looked as if their son had been beaten, tortured and God knows what else, until the damage to his mind, soul and body became so severe he fell into a coma from which he would never fully recover.