Damar Hamlin tweets first message after cardiac arrest

On Saturday, doctors said Hamlin could breathe on his own but was still in critical condition. Hamlin’s neurological function was described as “excellent”.

Damar Hamlin was able to breathe on his own, but he is still critically ill

Damar Hamlin

After collapsing to the ground and going into cardiac arrest during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, the 24-year-heart old’s had to be restarted twice.

Medics rushed onto the field and performed CPR on the Buffalo Bills player for about ten minutes, while his teammates surrounded him in a circle, hoping he would survive. Hamlin was rushed to the University of Cincinatti Medical Center, about two miles away.

After being in the hospital for several days in a critical condition, Hamlin began to communicate by writing and then gradually began to speak.

And now, the NFL player has taken to social media to thank all of the fans and NFL players who have sent him well wishes.

On Twitter, he stated: “Putting love into the world comes back 3xs as much… thankful for everyone who has reached out and prayed.

“This will make me stronger on the road to recovery, keep praying for me!”

The Bills star posted a longer message to his Instagram account on Saturday (7 January).

He stated: “When you put real love out into the world it comes back to you 3x’s as much.. The Love has been overwhelming, but I’m thankful for every single person that prayed for me and reached out.

“We brung the world back together behind this. If you know me you know this only gone make me stronger. On a long road keep praying for me!”

On Saturday, doctors at the University of Cincinnati hospital said Hamlin could breathe on his own but was still in critical condition.

They described Hamlin’s neurological function as “excellent,” just 24 hours after he was taken off a ventilator and briefly spoke.