Damar Hamlin’s breathing tube removed, he can talk and tell teammates ‘Love you guys,’ Buffalo Bills say

Damar Hamlin makes “significant progress”

Damar Hamlin awake in hospital and making ‘significant progress’


Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin breathing on his own and able to speak after having his breathing tube removed, his agent and team said Friday — the latest step in his remarkable recovery in the four days since goes into cardiac arrest and being revived on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The development was first reported by The Athletic.

The Bills said Friday in a statement that Hamlin’s “neurological function remains intact and he has been able to speak with his family and care team.”

“He continues to make remarkable progress in his recovery,” The Bills said in a tweet.

IN another tweetteam said he joined players and coaches for their daily meeting via FaceTime and said, “Love you guys.”

The 24-year-old Hamlin was still listed Thursday in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Apart from being able to communicate by writing, Hamlin was also able to grasp people’s hands.

“So we know it’s not just that the lights are on. We know he’s home. And it seems like all cylinders are firing in his brain, which is very gratifying for all of us,” said Dr. Timothy Pritts. “He still has significant progress to make, but this marks a very good turning point in his ongoing care.”

Hamlin’s recovery continues to trend positively after his heart stopped while making what appeared to be a routine tackle in the first quarter of a game against the Bengals on Monday night. The second-year player spent the first two days in the hospital under sedation to allow his body to recover, and on a ventilator to help his breathing.

The Bills were lifted by the encouraging medical reports as they returned to practice Thursday in preparation for a home game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

The sight of Hamlin collapsing, which was broadcast to a North American television audience on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” has prompted an outpouring of support from fans and players from around the league. Fans, team owners and players — including Tom Brady and Russell Wilson — have made donations to Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation, which had raised more than $7.8 million as of Friday morning.

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