Ba Odah's release from Guantánamo would not be the first of its kind. In 2013, Obama repatriated Ibrahim Idris, a Sudanese prisoner who suffered from severe psychological distress.
But time is running out for Ba Odah, and human-rights groups are pushing the president to act now, while he is still in office.
"I can confidently say that Mr. Ba Odah is suffering from severe malnutrition and that...such a state of starvation will, without medical intervention, lead inevitably to death, possibly in a period of months," wrote Sondra Crosby
, M.D., an associate professor of medicine and public health at the Boston University School of Medicine.
Warner believes the public must keep the pressure on.
"Dying is not the way. I don't think that if one, five, or 10 of them die, that's going to move the needle to close Guantánamo," Warner says, adding that he feels confidently that Obama wants to shut down the prison and that inmates and their counsel need to work with the administration until he does.
"We have to do what we can politically and otherwise to help with the solution," he adds. "And that means a lot of education about who's [imprisoned] there to the public."
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that there are 122 remaining prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. There are 116 prisoners remaining.