Damar Hamlin update: Buffalo Bills star ‘awake’ and asked ‘who won’ Bills-Bengals game after ‘remarkable improvement’

Bills safety Damar Hamlin remained down on field after a scary hit

NFL player Damar Hamlin has “shown remarkable improvement” in the past 24 hours and appears to be “neurologically intact” as the Buffalo Bills star continues to make a recovery from an on-field cardiac arrest.

Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said the 24-year-old  remains “critically ill” in hospital but woke up on Wednesday evening and was able to ask who won the Bills’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals by communicating in writing.

In a press conference on Thursday, Dr Tim Pritts said: “Last night he was able to emerge, follow commands and even ask who won the game. When we answered Damar when he asked who won the game we said, ‘Yes, you won. You won the game of life.’”

Earlier, Hamlin’s agent, Ronald Butler, told The Associated Press that Hamlin was awake and has been able to grip the hands of family members at his hospital bedside.

A Buffalo Bills statement said: “Per the physicians caring for Damar Hamlin at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Damar has shown remarkable improvement over the past 24 hours. 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.”

Hamlin’s family have thanked fans as well as praising the work of medical personnel and the support from the Bengals and coach Zac Taylor. “We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words, and donations from fans around the country,” a statement on Tuesday read.


Widow of only NFL player to die on the field responds to Damar Hamlin cardiac arrest: ‘You can’t blame football’

The widow of the only NFL player to die on the field in the histoy of the sport became “very emotional” while watching Damar Hamlin collapse on Monday, she said.

Chuck Hughes was a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions in October 1971 when he clutched his chest and fell to the ground, suffering a fatal heart attack at the end of the team’s game against the Chicago Bears. His widow, Sharon, rode with him in the back of the ambulance before he was pronounced dead.

Just over 51 years later, she felt everything come back when she watched Buffalo Bills safety Hamlin get up from a tackle, take a few steps and then collapse onto the field during Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Graeme Massie5 January 2023 21:45


The Rock welcomes good news on Damar Hamlin health

“So inspired to hear the story of Damar Hamlin being able to communicate by writing, and wrote to the doctors, “Did we win?” And they respond with, “Yes, you won the game of life.” Man it moves my soul that as he recovers he’s now feeling all the love and mana sent his way,” the Hollywood star tweeted on Thursday.

Graeme Massie5 January 2023 21:28


Back to work not business as usual for Damar Hamlin’s peers

For Damar Hamlin’s teammates, peers and everyone in the NFL community, going back to work is not business as usual.

Players returned to practice with heavy hearts on Wednesday, two days after Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and needed to be resuscitated on the field during Buffalo’s game at Cincinnati.

Hamlin, the 24-year-old Bills safety, remains hospitalized in critical condition, but his teammates are set to play the Patriots on Sunday, and all games for Week 18 remain on schedule.

Some players across the league have expressed concern about playing this weekend because they’re still processing what happened to Hamlin. Many were in tears watching him receive medical attention on the field. They’re praying for his recovery and are dealing with emotions they’ve never experienced playing a sport.

Graeme Massie5 January 2023 21:16


Buffalo Bills welcome Damar Hamlin health update

“An update we were all hoping for, the team tweeted on Thursday after doctors revealed Damar Hamlin was not able to communicate with them.

Graeme Massie5 January 2023 21:01


NFL will not resume suspended Bills-Bengals game, says report

The game was brought to a halt after Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the field on Monday night.

Graeme Massie5 January 2023 20:29


Joe Biden speaks with family of critically injured NFL player Damar Hamlin

The US president told reporters as he arrived back at the White House from Kentucky that he had spoken with Hamlin’s mother and father “at length” as their son remains in critical condition.

The 24-year-old Buffalo Bills player is being treated at a Cincinnati hospital after he made a hit on a Cincinnati Bengals player and collapsed during the game on Monday night.

Mr Biden was also asked during his trip if he thought professional football was too dangerous.

Graeme Massie5 January 2023 20:01


Hamlin’s collapse spurs new wave of vaccine misinformation

Unfounded claims about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines proliferated in the hours and days after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed during Monday’s game, revealing how pervasive vaccine misinformation remains three years after the pandemic began.

Even before Hamlin was carried off the field in Cincinnati, posts amassing thousands of shares and millions of views began circulating online claiming without evidence that complications from COVID-19 vaccines caused his health emergency.

While cardiac specialists say it’s too soon to know what caused Hamlin’s heart to stop, they’ve offered a rare type of trauma called commotio cordis as among the possible culprits. Physicians interviewed by The Associated Press say there’s no indication Hamlin’s vaccine status played a role, and said there’s no evidence to support claims that a number of young athletes have died as a result of COVID vaccinations.

Jamie Braidwood5 January 2023 19:45


NFL will not resume Bills-Bengals game, report says

The NFL will not resume the Bills-Bengals game that was suspended after Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field on Monday night, sources told The Associated Press.

The league is still working out how to seed its playoffs and when the games will be played, according to the news organisation on Thursday.

Graeme Massie5 January 2023 19:41


‘You won the game of life’: Damar Hamlin asks doctors about Bills game outcome after cardiac arrest

Doctors said Mr Hamlin’s neurological functions are intact after cardiac arrest during Monday night’s game.

Graeme Massie5 January 2023 19:28


Damar Hamlin: ‘Too early’ to assess football return

Doctors at the the University of Cincinnati Medical Center say it is too early to assess whether Damar Hamlin will return to football. They add he is able to move his “hands and feet” and say the next target for Damar is to be able to breathe on his own and without a ventilator.

Jamie Braidwood5 January 2023 19:01

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