On Thursday, Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center announced that Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has made “substantial progress” in the last 24 hours and was even able to ask medical staff “who won?” in Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Hospital officials gave an update on Hamlin’s condition during a press conference on Thursday afternoon, noting that, while he is still unable to speak, he is communicating by writing. The first thing the player asked about was the crucial Week 17 matchup against the Bengals.
“We’re in the situation where we wanted to allow him to gradually wake up as the rest of his body was healing, and last night he was able to emerge and follow commands and even asked who had won the game,” Dr. Timothy Pritts said. “When he asked did we win, the answer is yes, Damar, you won the game of life.”
Pritts added that Hamlin was “beginning to awaken” on Thursday morning and that it appeared that his “neurological condition and function is intact,” adding that he is still “critically ill.”
“There has been substantial improvement in his condition in the last 24 hours. We had significant concern about him after the injury and after the event that happened on the field, but he is making substantial progress.”
On Monday night, Hamlin collapsed on the field after suffering cardiac arrest. The Bills said at the time that Hamlin’s “heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment.”
Doctors at the hospital say he is still on a breathing tube but has made a “fairly remarkable recovery.”
“The last three days he has been very sick and has made a fairly remarkable recovery and improvement to the point, as [Dr. Pritts] noted, he is now demonstrating that sign of good neurological recovery as well as overall clinical improvement,” Dr. William A. Knight added.
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