Damar Hamlin, football guy: Here’s what Bills safety said when he woke up

    When Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin opened his eyes Wednesday night, roughly 48 hours after his heart stopped on the field during Monday Night Football, he made sure to ask his bedside nurse a question.

    “Did we win?”

    Dr. Timothy Pritts and Dr. William Knight spoke to reporters on Thursday to update the condition of Hamlin, who’s spent the last three days at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center receiving treatment for the cardiac arrest that he suffered after a collision with Bengals receiver Tee Higgins on Monday.

    Hamlin woke up last night and has started to learn about what’s been happening since his injury. Nina and Mario Hamlin, Damar’s parents, told him about the more than $7 million that’s poured into his GoFundMe account to buy toys for children. They also told him about the love and support that the family has received from all over the world.

    Pritts said when Hamlin woke up, the medical team discussed with him what happened during the Bills-Bengals game.

    “He’s not quite at the point where we can have a conversation because again still has a breathing tube in,” Pritts said. “(He) is able to communicate with yeses and noes by shaking his head, nodding his head, or with brief notes.”

    Pritts said that Hamlin expressed surprise that this whole situation happened and that he wasn’t with the world for two whole days. He’s been sedated with a ventilator helping him to breathe.

    “His first question that he wrote when he started to awaken was: ‘Did we win.’ So we know that he’s really – it’s not only that the lights are on but we know that he’s home,” Pritts said. “And it appears that all the cylinders are firing within his brain, which is greatly gratifying for all of us. For the nurses and the respiratory therapists and the care team that’s been at his side for his family and for everybody else beyond.”


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