Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has made significant improvement in his recovery from on-field cardiac arrest suffered on Monday night, per various reports — most notably one directly from his medical team, as conveyed by the Bills organization.
“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’ statement reads. “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’ statement was published moments after Hamlin’s teammate, rookie cornerback Kaiir Elam, shared that Hamlin was “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
Multiple reporters, including Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and Dianna Russini of ESPN, are including this detail on Hamlin: that the 24-year-old is gripping the hands of the family and friends that are with him. Rapoport also stated that Hamlin has opened his eyes.
Damar Hamlin has been gripping the hands of those close to him. Another very positive sign. https://t.co/GpabbnqTWm— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 5, 2023
Good news continues to be shared by those close to Damar Hamlin. I’m told doctors are very happy with his progress and believe he’s even ahead of schedule in his recovery. Damar has even been able to hold/grip hands with some family & friends. #Bills— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) January 5, 2023
This news comes shortly before the Bills are set to convene for their first on-field, non-walkthrough practice since Hamlin’s injury occurred on Monday night. Bills players and coaches are currently scheduled to speak with reporters for the first time since the incident, as well, and the positive news on Hamlin’s recovery is sure to put a pep in everyone’s step — fans included.