Dr. Tom Mayer, medical director of the NFL Players Association, delivered more optimistic news about the situation of Buffalo Bills safety Dummer Hamlin during a Zoom conference with reporters on Thursday.
Bills issued an update earlier in the day via Twitter, saying Hamlin “has shown remarkable improvement in the last 24 hours. Still seriously ill, but he appears neurologically intact.” His lungs continue to heal and he is making steady progress.”
After getting permission from Hamlin’s family, Mayer has further updated the situation.
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“There’s a long way to go, but all signs are very optimistic and point to a good chance of a full neurological recovery.
Mayer was hospitalized at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Hamlin was being treated for cardiac arrest after he collapsed Monday night during a game between the Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals. I can’t say enough great things about the nurses, doctors, and other staff.
He also referenced the three doctors who attended at Peycole Stadium, home of the Bengals, that night.
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“There were three of the most highly trained and skilled emergency physicians in the world within 30 yards of where Dummer fell, roughly the logo and the 50-yard line,” Meyer said. “As you know, emergency physicians are specialists in patient resuscitation. Their name is Dr. Woods Curry. He was an airway doctor who performed resuscitation. Dr. Jason McMullan is also an emergency physician. And Brett Dr. Betts was the Bengals’ emergency doctor and team doctor who was extremely kind and proactive.
Mayer added that Hamlin’s family was able to see a doctor.
“As you can imagine, it was a very grateful and tearful reunion for everyone involved,” he said.
After arriving at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Hamlin entered the emergency room, a “world leader in resuscitation science,” Mayer said.
Earlier Thursday, news surfaced that Hamlin was able to hold family members’ hands, move his legs, and that his breathing tube was still in use, and that he was able to communicate with doctors in writing.
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“We are in a situation where we want him to be able to wake up gradually as the rest of his body heals and last night he showed up and followed orders and even asked who won the game. We did,” Dr. Timothy said.
“When he asked if we won, the answer is yes, Damar, you have won the game of life.”
thoughts and prayers Poured into Hamlin across the sports world since Monday, Hamlin’s agency confirmed Thursday.
Agency 1 Sports said in a statement, “The support for Damar across the country has been amazing. Thank you for the calls, messages and emails. Damar has made a huge improvement overnight. Initial response. We thank the patients, doctors, hospital staff, and everyone who played a role in this process.”
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“Please continue to pray for Damar and we will provide updates as they become available,” the statement continued.