A week after he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, The Buffalo Bills are a destructive Hamlin He appears to be healthy enough to be discharged from Buffalo Hospital within 24 to 48 hours, Michael Hughes, senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Kaleida Health, told CNN on Tuesday.
Doctors are finishing Hamelin’s tests and are optimistic that they will be able to determine if there were any pre-existing conditions that played a role in Hamelin’s January 2 cardiac arrest. The hospital plans to release a written health update on Tuesday.
If the doctors’ initial findings are correct, Hughes said the injury was due to blunt force trauma.
Hamlin was transferred from a Cincinnati hospital to a Buffalo hospital Monday after doctors determined his critical condition had improved to good or fair — exceeding expectations.
“We felt it was safe and appropriate to help him bring him back to the Greater Buffalo area,” Dr. Timothy Britts, chief of surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said Monday.
Hamlin’s parents flew from Cincinnati back to Pittsburgh but then flew to Buffalo. They were on their way Tuesday from the Buffalo Bills’ practice facility and were expected to get to the hospital to see Hamlin soon.
Hamlin, a sophomore NFL player, regained his strength over the past several days afterward Its sudden collapse after processing Against the Bengals in Cincinnati.
“He is certainly on what we consider to be a very normal even accelerated course from the life-threatening event he underwent,” Britts said, “but he is making great progress.”
Brits explained that normal recovery from cardiac arrest can be measured in weeks to months. But Hamlin beat that schedule at every stage and is neurologically sound.
However, Brits said it was too early to say when Hamlin could return to a normal life or what caused his heart to stop, saying more testing is needed.
Hamelin was sedated and on a ventilator for several days after going into cardiac arrest. On Friday morning, the breathing tube was removed, and Hamelin was able to walk with some help by that afternoon, his doctors said Monday.
Doctors said he was upgraded to safety on Monday because his organ systems were stable and he no longer needed intensive nursing or respiratory therapy.
“He walks normally,” said Dr. William Knight, a neurovascular critical care expert who treated Hamlin at UC Health. “Admittedly, he’s a little weak. I don’t think this is a real surprise after what he’s been through, just getting his strength back. That’s part of his recovery process.”
Hamlin’s release Monday means he could return to Buffalo, which has prompted some of his teammates to see him again.
“Very excited to have him back in Buffalo and what a job he has done for Cincinnati’s medics and medical staff, and he is now in great care here in Buffalo. We’re thrilled he’s back,” Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters Monday.
After seeing him on Monday, McDermott said Hamlin was “tired” but seemed happy. “Glad to be back in Buffalo and around an area he is familiar with. I know he only takes it one step at a time.”
The coach also said his team has grown since Hamlin was injured, saying such experiences promote growth.
“We’re all going to grow as people and as men in this situation,” McDermott said, noting that there was a plan in place for the players and staff to visit Hamlin “at the appropriate time.”
“Having him around will give us more comfort,” said McDermott and inspires the team as it prepares for the postseason.
Although Hamlin wasn’t with the team when they played Sunday against the New England Patriots, his support was definitely felt.
When his team scored a touchdown, Britts said, it set off the ICU alarms.
“When the opening kickoff was played backwards, he jumped up and down and got off his chair and set – I think – every alarm in the ICU in the process, but he was OK, it was just a proper reaction to the stunt play. He had fun,” Brits said. have a lot.”
Hamlin was “very excited” on Sunday and felt “very supported by the outpouring of love from all over the league, especially from the Buffalo area. We learned this week that the Bills’ mafia is a very real thing,” Britts added.
The immediate medical response to Hamlin’s collapse helped save his life, and the Buffalo Bills are now encouraging people to learn how to administer CPR.
Assistant Athletic Coach Denny Killington He is credited with performing CPR when Hamlin lost his pulse on the field and needed to be resuscitated through resuscitation and defibrillation.
The medical response was part of an emergency action plan that “includes a team, independent medical and sports coaching staff, equipment and security personnel, and is reviewed prior to each game,” said Monday. statment of bills read.
The team pledged support for resources including CPR certification and automated external defibrillator units and guidance for developing response plans for cardiac emergencies within the Buffalo community, according to the release.
“We encourage all of our fans to continue to show your support and take the next step by becoming CPR certified,” said Bills.
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