Safety of buffalo bills Hamelin’s devastation He began getting up as he shows “substantial improvement” in his recovery from cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field during Monday’s game, doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said Thursday.
One of the doctors, Timothy Britts, said Hamelin was still considered to be in critical condition and that significant progress was needed. Britts said Hamlin’s nervousness appeared to be in order.
Doctors said Hamlin, 24, is able to move his hands and feet. Britts said he was unable to speak but was able to communicate in writing. Hamlin asked if the Bills won Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals — a contest that was postponed after his collapse.
“The answer is yes, Destruction, you won the game of life,” Brits said.
CPR was performed to Hamlin on the field Monday night for several minutes after he collapsed after being tackled by Bengals wide receiver T Higgins. Hamlin received oxygen, according to the ESPN broadcast, as he was placed in the ambulance and taken from the field. He was taken to the hospital, where he remained.
Dr. William Knight credited the rapid medical response with saving Hamlin’s life. There is no definite answer as to what caused Hamelin’s heart to stop.
“It’s been a long, hard road these past three days,” Knight said. “…he has made a significant improvement.”
Britts said the neurological signs of improvement began Wednesday night when Hamlin gradually woke up, with the rest of his body healing. Doctors said it was too early to know how Hamlin was acting emotionally, in part because he remains on a ventilator.
“When we talk about neurologically intact, that’s an umbrella term for large motor movements and following commands,” Knight said. “When we talk about the subtle things that make us human — cognition, emotion, speech, language, etc. — we look forward to learning more about that soon.”
Doctors said that in order for Hamelin to be upgraded from a critical condition to a stable condition, he would need to be taken off the breathing tube and show improved neurological and respiratory functions.
Hamlin’s father, Mario, told Bills on a phone call Wednesday to provide an update on his son, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mario Hamlin told the Bills that Hamlin’s pitching was making progress and, in the words of one source, “the team needs that.”
Mario Hamlin released a statement Thursday via family friend Gordon Rooney thanking everyone for his support of Hamlin and the Chasing M Foundation which has raised over $7.3 million on GoFundMe. Mario Hamelin, who serves as the foundation’s executive director, asked for more donations to be sent to Chasing M. He also asked, to support first responders, to send donations to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s Trauma Center or by purchasing First Responders and Trauma Centers Lunches to support the care he received. daughter.
The NFL announced Tuesday that the Bills-Bengals game will not resume this week, and that the league is hesitant about playing the game at a later date. The NFL made no changes to the regular season schedule for Week 18.
The Bills kicked off their training week on Wednesday with team rallies and meetings in preparation for hosting the New England Patriots on Sunday. They are expected to hold their first full training week Thursday.
They made an existing transaction to help the safety group that would be without Hamlin’s signature Jared Madden From the New York Jets coaching staff and veteran cornerback release Xavier Rhodes. Maiden spent some time on the Bills’ coaching staff earlier this season.
ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg and The Associated Press contributed to this report.