“Remarkable improvement” is how the Buffalo Bills described the last 24 hours for safety Damar Hamlin, who remains hospitalized at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after suffering a cardiac arrest during Monday’s game with the Cincinnati Bengals. A statement from the organization went on to say, “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.”
Hamlin’s teammate, rookie Kaiir Elam, shined a bit of light into how the players are handling this news, tweeting, “Our boy is doing better, awake and showing more signs of improvement. Thank you God. Keep the prayers coming please. All love 3!”
The most invigorating information may have come from NFL reporter Ian Rapoport who tweeted, “#Bills S Damar Hamlin opened his eyes last night and is responsive. Truly incredible. One thing that’s very clear from speaking to those close to him: They are endlessly appreciative of the medical care given to Hamlin on the field immediately, then over the last 72 hours.” he later added, “Damar Hamlin has been gripping the hands of those close to him. Another very positive sign.”
Hamlin’s toy drive via GoFundMe has brought in over $7,000,000 in donations over the three days Hamlin has been at UCMC.
The Bills are scheduled to take the field Sunday as they host the New England Patriots. They’re expected to practice for the first time since Hamlin’s collapse later today. We hope to get even more encouraging news when head coach Sean McDermott speaks this afternoon.