Damar Hamlin has “shown remarkable improvement” in the past 24 hours and appears to be “neurologically intact”, the Buffalo Bills have announced, citing physicians caring for the NFL star at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
A further update from Hamlin’s team-mate Kaiir Elam said the 24-year-old safety was “awake” in hospital.
“Our boy is doing better, awake and showing more signs of improvement,” Elam posted on Twitter. “Thank you God. Keep the prayers coming please. All love 3!”
While Hamlin remains “critically ill” after suffering a cardiac arrest and requiring CPR on the field following a hit against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, a statement from the team said he has “demonstrated that he appears to be neurologically intact”.
The statement added: “His lungs continue to heal and he is making steady progress. We are grateful for the love and support we have received.”
In a shocking incident that has sparked an outpouring of support in the United States and beyond, Hamlin was resuscitated after a collision with Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins and was placed into intensive care after being transferred to hospital.
Hamlin’s GoFunMe page, set up to support a toy drive in his local community has reached over $7m in donations while his family have thanked fans for their love and prayers.
Hamlin’s uncle, Dorrian Glenn, said on Wednesday that he was “trending upwards in a positive way” and his lungs have shown further signs of recovery.
Glenn added the family were taking it “day by day” and that the focus now is to help Hamlin to recover to breathe on his own and healing his lungs.
“It’s tremendous to see all the love and support,” added. “A lot of people don’t get to see how loved they are while they are alive.
“For him to have a situation where he could have been taken away and he has a chance to come back and see all that love that he has, it’s truly an amazing thing.”