NFL Players Association medical director Dr. Thom Mayer gave more optimistic news about the condition of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin on Thursday during a Zoom conference with reporters.

The Bills issued an update via Twitter earlier in the day, saying that Hamlin «has shown remarkable improvement over the last 24 hours. Although he is still seriously ill, he has shown that he appears to be neurologically intact. His lungs continue to heal and he is making progress.» constantly».

After getting permission from Hamlin’s family, Mayer updated the situation further.

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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
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«While there is a long way to go, all the signs are very optimistic and point to what is likely to be a full neurological recovery,» he said.

Mayer has been at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Hamlin has been treated since Monday night when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in a game between the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. Mayer couldn’t say enough good things about the staff of doctors, nurses, physicians and more who have been helping Hamlin.

He also referred to the three doctors who responded at Paycor Stadium, the home of the Bengals, that night.

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«Within 30 yards of where Damar fell, almost at the logo and at the 50-yard line, were three of the most knowledgeable and skilled emergency physicians in the world,» Mayer said. «ER physicians, as you know, are the experts in resuscitating patients. Their names are Dr. Woods Curry; he was the respiratory physician who performed the resuscitation. Dr. Jason McMullan, also an ER physician. And Dr. Bret Betz, an ER doctor and also the team doctor for the Bengals, who very kindly and aggressively came out. That three person unit was responsible for saving his life. Period.»

Mayer added that Hamlin’s family was able to meet the doctors.

«That was a very appreciative and tearful meeting, as you might guess, for all parties involved,» he said.

Fans gather to support Damar Hamlin outside the UC Medical Center in Cincinnati on Tuesday.  Hamlin collapsed on the field during a soccer game Monday.

Fans gather to support Damar Hamlin outside the UC Medical Center in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Hamlin collapsed on the field during a soccer game Monday.
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After arriving at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Hamlin walked into its emergency unit, which is «a world leader in the science of resuscitation,» Mayer said.

News emerged early Thursday that Hamlin was able to grasp his family’s hands and move his feet, while also communicating with doctors in writing because he was still wearing a breathing tube.

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«We’re in a situation where we wanted to allow him to gradually wake up while the rest of his body healed, and last night he was able to emerge and follow orders and even asked who won the game,» Dr. Timothy said. Pritts said.

«When he asked if we won, the answer is yes, Damar, you won the game of life.»

Thoughts and prayers have dumped in hamlin across the sports world since Monday, which Hamlin’s agency acknowledged on Thursday.

Buffalo Bills' Damar Hamlin, right, reacts after a tackle against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 9, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York.

Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin, right, reacts after a tackle against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 9, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York.
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«The outpouring of support for Damar across the country has been incredible,» Agency 1 Sports said in a statement. «Thank you for the calls, messages and emails. Damar has improved substantially overnight. We are so grateful for all the first responders, doctors and hospital staff and everyone who has played a role in this process. «.

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«Please continue to pray for Damar and we will provide updates as they become available,» the statement continued.