After millions united in prayer for the recovery of injured player Damar Hamlin, who suffered a harrowing cardiac arrest on the field Monday night, the NFL star appears to have made a miraculous recovery.
Buffalo Bills cornerback Kaiir Elam provided updates on safety Damar Hamlin Thursday morning.
Elam tweeted the second-year pro is “awake and showing more signs of improvement.”
Our boy is doing better, awake and showing more signs of improvement. Thank you God. Keep the prayers coming please. All love 3!
— Kaiir Elam (@kaiirelam5) January 5, 2023
“Our boy is doing better, awake and showing more signs of improvement,” Elam posted to Twitter. “Thank you God. Keep the prayers coming please. All love 3!”
The Buffalo Bills also added a new update on the player’s health: Hamlin has shown “remarkable improvement” and is “neurologically intact.”
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 5, 2023
“Per the physicians caring for Damar Hamlin at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Damar has shown remarkable improvement over the past 24 hours,” the Bills tweeted. “While still critically ill, he has demonstrated that he appears to be neurologically intact. His lungs continue to heal and he is making steady progress.”
“We are grateful for the love and support we have received,” the Bills added.
On Wednesday, the Bills gave a promising update on Hamlin.
“Damar remains in the ICU in critical condition with signs of improvement noted yesterday and overnight,” the team said in a tweet.
Damar remains in the ICU in critical condition with signs of improvement noted yesterday and overnight.
He is expected to remain under intensive care as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 4, 2023
“He is expected to remain under intensive care as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him.”
Hamlin had actually died and was given CPR for nearly ten minutes before being resuscitated. This is a critical time frame, because ten minutes at low oxygen levels can lead to severe brain damage.
Hamlin’s uncle said in a CNN interview that he had actually “died twice,” once on the field and once when he arrived at the hospital.
“Right now, they got him on a ventilator, so they’re trying to get him to breathe on his own,” Hamlin’s uncle Dorrian Glenn said to CNN. “So, we’re just kind of taking it day by day. Still in the ICU. They have him sedated, so just continue to administer the medical treatment that they’ve been doing.”
The Bills defensive back had suffered a severe blow to his chest from Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. After Hamlin was laid out, he stood up, wobbled, and then collapsed in a heap on the turf.
One of the freaky things about the Damar Hamlin hit is that it looked so routine. Blow to the upper chest. Slight glance off the helmet. Then he stands up and completely collapses. Disturbing stuff. #PrayersforHamlin 🙏 pic.twitter.com/YhO09uPpZO
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) January 3, 2023
The replay from various angles and the fact that Hamlin had stood up after the hit suggested that it was not a spinal cord injury, but it could be cardiac-related.
The Buffalo Bills on early Tuesday confirmed it was a heart attack.
Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
“Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals,” the official Buffalo Bills account tweeted. “His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.”
The New York Times reported on the aftermath of Hamlin’s collapse.
Medical personnel administered CPR and attended to him for 10 minutes as players from both teams were visibly upset, some shedding tears on the sideline while others circled together and knelt in prayer. One medical professional appeared to administer an IV. Hamlin was later placed on a stretcher and transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
If there is one positive development to come out of this potential tragedy, it is that America has suddenly embraced the power of prayer. Millions fo Americans, including hundreds of NFL players, have united to “Pray for Hamlin.” It appears that Hamlin may now be on the verge of making a miraculous recovery.
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