ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. ( Associated Press) — Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is breathing on his own and can speak after a breathing tube was removed, his agent said Friday — his amazing recovery four days after going into cardiac arrest. The most recent pass of recovery and had to be revived on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Biles tweeted that Hamlin joined the team meeting on FaceTime on Friday and said he “loves the guys.” In a statement, the team said that “Hamlin’s neurological function is intact and he is able to communicate with his family and care team.”
Agent Ira Turner was unable to provide further details in a text message sent Friday morning to The Associated Press. Player development was initiated by The Athletic.
Hamlin, 24, remained in critical condition Thursday in the intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. In addition to communicating in writing, Hamlin could also shake hands with other people.
“So we know it’s not just the lights on. We know you’re home. And it seems like all cylinders are fired in the brain, which is beneficial for all of us,” Dr. Timothy Pritts Said. “He still needs to make significant progress, but this is a good turning point in his future care.”
Hamlin’s recovery continues positively after going into cardiac arrest in Monday’s first quarter regular season game against the Bengals. The sophomore spent the first two days in the hospital under sedation so that his body could recover and he could be helped to breathe.
The Bills were encouraged by positive medical reports after returning to training on Thursday in preparation for hosting the New England Patriots on Sunday.