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Damar Hamlin ‘neurologically intact’ and responsive on Thursday

A painting and other items to honor Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin were left outside of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. A vigil was held  Tuesday, January 3, 2023, for Hamlin collapsed during the Monday Night Football game with the Bengals. Hamlin remains in critical condition at the UC Medical Center.

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Damar Hamlin is “neurologically intact” and showed positive signs of recovery in the past 12 hours.

The 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety who went into cardiac arrest on the field in Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday opened his eyes and squeezed the hands of family members, Hamlin’s uncle told reporters Thursday morning.

“Per the physicians caring for Damar Hamlin at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Damar has shown remarkable improvement over the past 24 hours,” the team said Thursday morning in a statement. “While still critically ill, he has demonstrated that he appears to be neurologically intact. His lungs continue to heal and he is making steady progress.

“We are grateful for the love and support we have received.”

Hamlin remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the hospital, where the second-year player was transported Monday night after being resuscitated on the field in Cincinnati. There have been concerns he could have sustained a traumatic brain injury because of a lack of oxygen.

Bills teammate, Kaiir Elam, tweeted that Hamlin is awake.

“Our boy is doing better, awake and showing more signs of improvement,” Elam wrote. “Thank you God. Keep the prayers coming please. All love 3!”

–Field Level Media