Damar Hamlin Updates: Safety Bill breathes on his own while chatting with teammates, joins team meeting on FaceTime

Damar Hamlin Updates: Safety Bill breathes on his own while chatting with teammates, joins team meeting on FaceTime

Damar Hamlin Updates: Safety Bill breathes on his own while chatting with teammates, joins team meeting on FaceTime

Four days after arriving in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Bills safety Damar Hamlin is still on the road to a “remarkable” recovery – doctors announced Thursday – as he is reportedly breaking the news to his Friday teammates. Hamlin, 24, suffered a cardiac arrest after a matchup in Monday’s match against the Bengals, requiring resuscitation and resuscitation before an ambulance took him to the intensive care unit.

On Friday, Bills provided Hamlin with a positive update, saying his breathing tube had been removed, indicating he was breathing on his own. The team added that Hamlin “continues to make significant progress in his recovery. His neurological functions remain intact and he has been able to talk to his family and care team,” the UCMC doctors said.

Hamlin spent the morning chatting with his teammates on FaceTime and joined the Bills for a team meeting. The Bills tweeted that Hamlin’s message to Buffalo was “I love you boys.”

It came a day after Dr. Timothy Pritts of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center told reporters that Hamlin had begun to wake up.

“We had serious concerns about him after his injury, but he is making significant progress,” Pritts told reporters in a conference call on Thursday, adding that he believed his neurological function remained intact.

Hamlin remains under the care of the hospital’s ICU staff, neurosurgical teams, trauma surgeons and cardiologists. He still has “significant progress he needs to make”, added Dr William Knight IV, “but this is a really good turning point in his ongoing care. … It’s been a long and hard road these past few days. He was very sick (but) made quite a remarkable improvement.”

Dr. Pritts says that in order for Hamlin to be stable, he will need to remove his breathing tube while his neurological functions improve. He remains in critical condition for now, but is improving.

The previously dormant Hamlin awoke from sleep and responded to commands by communicating with the doctors in writing. He didn’t speak because he still needed help breathing, but he would answer and ask questions upon waking, including asking the bedside nurse if Buffalo had won Monday’s game against the Bengals.

The doctors’ response, Pritts said, “was, ‘Yes, Damar. you won. You won the game of your life.”

Dr Knight said “work continues” to determine exactly what caused Hamlin’s cardiac arrest during Monday’s game. (Non-affiliated NFL Cardiologist said CBS Sports this week that such incidents can be triggered by a variety of issues, including genetic heart disease.) In the meantime, hospital staff continue to work to improve Hamlin’s ability to breathe on his own, which must be achieved before his ventilator can be terminated. It’s too early to tell if Hamlin will play football again, doctors have explained, but the ultimate goal is to improve the former Pittsburgh player to the point where he can return home.

Doctors also thanked the NFL and the team’s medical staff for their immediate and effective response to Hamlin on the field in Monday’s game, acknowledging that the incident could have turned out very differently had it not been for quick action.

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