University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan released the following statement today regarding the release of UVA student Otto Warmbier from North Korea. Warmbier, who would have graduated from the University in May, had been detained in North Korea since January 2016.
“While the entire University of Virginia community is relieved to learn of Otto’s release from North Korea, we are deeply concerned and saddened to learn from his family that he is in a coma. The last 17 months have been an extremely difficult and emotionally trying time for the Warmbier family. The UVA family will continue to keep the Warmbiers in our thoughts and prayers as Otto returns to the United States and his home where he will receive the care and support of those who love him.”