Four days after arriving in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Bills safety Dumar Hamlin remains on the road to an “amazing” recovery, doctors announced Thursday. Hamlin, 24, suffered a cardiac arrest after a tackle against the Bengals on Monday and required CPR and resuscitation before being taken by ambulance to the hospital’s intensive care unit.
On Friday, the Bills provided a positive update on Hamlin, saying his breathing tube had been removed, indicating he is breathing on his own. “His recovery continues to make impressive progress. His neurological function is intact and he is able to communicate with his family and care team,” it added.
Bills shared another positive update Saturday via UC Medical Center.
Hamlin spoke to his teammates on FaceTime Friday morning and joined Bills for a team meeting. Bill tweeted that Hamlin’s message to Buffalo was “I love you.”
This is the day after Dr. Timothy Prydz of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center told reporters that Hamlin was beginning to wake up.
“We had a lot of concerns about him after the injury, but he’s made a lot of progress,” Pritz told reporters on Thursday’s conference call.
Hamlin continues to be cared for by the hospital’s ICU staff, neurocritical care team, trauma surgeons, and cardiologists. Dr. William Knight IV added that he is still “making significant progress that needs to be made.” He was very ill (but) made a rather remarkable improvement. ”
Dr. Pritz said that for Hamlin to improve to a stable condition, the breathing tube must be removed while his neurological function continues to improve. It is recovering.
Previously on sedatives, Hamlin regained consciousness on Thursday night and responded to commands with written communication with doctors. He didn’t say anything, but when he woke up, he answered and asked questions.
According to Pritts, the doctor’s response was “‘Yes, Damar. You won. You won the game of life.'”
Dr. Knight said “workup is ongoing” to determine exactly what caused Hamlin’s cardiac arrest during Monday’s game.This week, such incidents could be caused by a variety of problems, including a genetic heart condition…it’s too early to tell if Hamlin will play football again, doctors say. But the ultimate goal is to improve the former Pittsburgh standout player enough to go home.
The doctors also gave credit to the NFL and team medical personnel for responding quickly and effectively to Hamlin on the field during Monday’s game, saying that without prompt action the incident would have played out very differently. I admit that it may have happened.