The parents of Otto Warmbier are firing back at North Korea. Many remember Otto as the young American student who was held captive by the North Koreans, tortured, and injured.
When the North Koreans returned Otto earlier this year, he was in extremely critical condition. Sadly, he died only days after his return.
"It's been three months since Otto has died and we buried him. And our family has had time to come together and process this horrible situation, do some healing, but now we see North Korea claiming to be a victim and that the world is picking on them and we're here to tell you, North Korea is not a victim. They're terrorists. They kidnapped Otto. They tortured him. They intentionally injured him. They are not victims. They are terrorists," Fred Warmbier told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" Tuesday morning. “They destroyed him," Cindy Warmbier said.
The Warmbier’s also opened up about the moment they learned of their son’s condition. They originally thought there may be hope, but soon learned of the horrible reality facing them and their son.
"We thought he was in a coma, but you couldn't call it a coma. When I talked to Sen. [Rob] Portman that morning, he said Otto was on a plane coming home and I asked him 'Is there brain damage?' He said 'There is severe brain damage,' " Cindy recounted. "So, what we pictured because we are optimists was that Otto would be asleep and maybe in a medically induced coma and then when our doctors here would work with him and he would get the best care and love that he would come out of it."
They also described the horrible physical condition he was in. Otto had a large scar on his foot and his teeth appeared to have been subjected to torture methods.
"Cindy and Greta ran off the plane. Austin and I walked over to Otto. Otto had a shaved head. He had a feeding tube coming out of his nose. He had — he was staring blankly into space, jerking violently. He was blind. He was deaf. 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. Within two days of Otto being home, his fever spiked to 104 degrees. He had a large scar on his right foot," Fred Warmbier said.
Overall, the Warmbier’s are still fighting for their son. They want the world to know that North Korea is not the victim, Otto was. Please join us as we pray for this devastated family.
Also, join us in praying for our nation as tensions with North Korea seem to be escalating. You can also read our breaking news story about the Hollywood actor who died after falling off a bridge in our new article here.