Buffalo Bills defensive player Damar Hamlin was taken to the hospital on Monday after experiencing a severe shock. Thursday, his team announced that he is slowly regaining consciousness and exhibiting “remarkable improvement.”
A team release from the Buffalo Bills on January 5th noted that player Damar Hamlin was making “remarkable improvement” in his health. And this is three days after Hamlin went into cardiac arrest at an NFL (American Football League) game, right when doctors said he was starting to come to consciousness.
The medical staff treating Damar Hamlin has said that despite his continued critical condition, he has shown signs consistent with a healthy nervous system. Bills released a statement saying, “His lungs continue to heal, and he is making steady progress” this morning.
Later, at a press conference, two of the attending surgeons gave specifics on the 24-year-health old's trajectory, confirming that he had made “substantial progress over the past 24 hours.”
Dr. William Knight, Principal and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, says that Hamlin “is now showing signs of good neurological recovery as well as overall clinical improvement as has been previously reported.” Hamlin's vital signs and a wide variety of his other organs are all connected to this progress.
Dr. Timothy Pritts, chief of general surgery at the same institution, added, “He has started to wake up since this morning [Thursday], and it appears that his neurological condition and functions are intact.” Dr. Pritts, however, recalled that “He remains in critical condition and continues to be treated in the intensive care unit.”
While the rest of his body was healing, we intended to give him time to gradually come to consciousness. Moreover, he emerged and followed through with the instructions last night, “He proceeded further. Rather than asking directly, “He even asked who had won the match,” the author writes.
An outdoor resurrection
After taking a heavy blow to the chest while making a tackle during Sunday's game against the Bengals, the player went into cardiac arrest nearly three days ago. Despite the player's fragile condition necessitating caution, there are indications that his prognosis may finally be improving.
A remarkable moment, witnessed by millions of viewers at home, took place during this game between two Super Bowl contenders, which was played in a stadium that was suddenly reduced to silence. Many of the players from both teams went inside and knelt or cried out in desperation to him as he prayed.
In less than half an hour, the player was attended to and given the first stage of medical treatment. This is an emergency measure that Dr. Knight has deemed mandatory. There were “a significant number of care teams” present and involved in providing aid to Damar Hamlin on the ground. In this way, we were able to start CPR right away.
She said on Tuesday that the NFL “has not yet made a decision regarding its possible rescheduling at a later date” after the game was postponed indefinitely.