“His neurologic function remains intact and he has been able to talk to his family and care team,” the tweet said in part.
Doctors say the tube was removed overnight on Friday.
The team tweeted that Hamlin video chatted with the team during their Friday morning meeting to talk to players and coaches. What he said to the team? “Love you boys.”
The 24-year-old went into cardiac arrest during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
In a much-needed jolt of good news earlier this week, he communicated to his bedside nurse upon waking up Wednesday evening. Unable to speak because of an oxygen tube inserted in his mouth, he asked by writing on a pad of paper if the Bills had beaten the Bengals.
“The answer is yes, Damar, you won. You’ve won the game of life.” Dr. Timothy Pritts told reporters in a conference call from UCMC.
He was still listed Thursday in critical condition in the intensive care unit of UCMC. Aside from being able to communicate by writing, Hamlin has also been able to grip people’s hands.
“So we know that it’s not only that the lights are on. We know that he’s home. And it appears that all the cylinders are firing within his brain, which is greatly gratifying for all of us,” Pritts said. “He still has significant progress he needs to make, but this marks a really good turning point in his ongoing care.”
Stay with FOX 8 for the latest developments on Hamlin’s recovery.