American footballer Damar Hamlin is breathing on his own and is now able to speak after a dramatic collapse on the pitch.

In a statement released Friday, the Buffalo Bills said their 24-year-old’s “neurological function remains intact” and that he “has been able to speak to his family and his healthcare team.”

It’s also reported that he joined a meeting with his team via FaceTime and told them, “I love you boys.”

The news fell just four days later. Hamlinhad to be restarted twice after he suddenly fell to the ground and went into cardiac arrest in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

He was still in “critical condition” at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center on Thursday.

The player first began to communicate in writing, then was able to grab people’s hands.

Dr Timothy Pritts, from the hospital, said: “We know it’s not just that the lights are on – we know he’s home.

“And it seems like all the cylinders are turning in his brain, which is very gratifying for all of us.

“He still has significant progress to make, but this marks a very good turning point in his continued care.”

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Medical personnel were forced to rush to the Cincinnati field on Monday to give the Buffalo Bills safety CPR for about 10 minutes. An ambulance then drove to the field as the crowd fell silent and his teammates gathered to pray.

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Two years ago the footballing world was shocked at Euro 2020 when the Danish national and current Manchester United player Christian Erikson also collapsed on the playground.

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