Otto Warmbier will arrive back in Cincinnati at 10 p.m. Tuesday
An American college student who has been in a coma, according to his parents, while serving a 15-year prison term in North Korea, was released and evacuated Tuesday as the Trump administration revealed a rare exchange with the country.
Otto Warmbier was released by North Korea Tuesday. His family lives in the Cincinnati area, and Warbier graduated from Wyoming High School in 2013. He was attending the University of Virginia when he was arrested in January of 2016.
Warmbier will arrive back in Cincinnati at 10 p.m. Tuesday. His plane will land at Lunken Airport, and he will be taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment, officials said.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the State Department had secured Warmbier’s release at the direction of the president. He said Warmbier, of Cincinnati, was en route to the U.S.
Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement to The Associated Press that their son is in a coma and flying home. They said they were told their son has been in a coma since his trial – when he was last seen in public – and they had learned of this only one week ago. U.S. officials did not confirm those details. The State Department would not comment on Warmbier’s condition, citing privacy concerns.