As the entire city of Buffalo continues to hold their breath, their beloved NFL team is giving the world a highly anticipated update on the condition of Damar Hamlin.
Hamlin, a safety for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed on the field during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, suffering cardiac arrest after what appeared to be a rather routine tackle.
Hamlin received CPR and defibrillation for almost 9 minutes before being transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he remains today in critical condition.
And while Hamlin still has plenty of fighting left to do, Thursday brought with it some good news regarding his condition.
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has shown “signs of improvement” since he was rushed to the hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game, the team said Wednesday.
“Damar remains in the ICU in critical condition with signs of improvement noted yesterday and overnight,” the team said in a tweet.
“He is expected to remain under intensive care as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him.”
And then, even more promising news was revealed.
Over the past day, Hamlin has shown that he “appears to be neurologically intact,” which means he is responsive, making purposeful movements (i.e. planned movements that he is directing with his brain), and following commands. While the Bills didn’t reveal more than that, one of Hamlin’s teammates, cornerback Kaiir Elam, tweeted that Hamlin is awake.
It has been reported that the news was reinvigorating to the team, who sources say “really needed” to hear about Hamlin’s improvement.