When former NFL star Peyton Hillis nearly drowned while saving his children, he spent two weeks in the hospital. Now, after his discharge, doctors say he will make a full recovery.
On January 4th, Hillis was involved in a swimming accident off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, in which he helped rescue several individuals. Although he was able to assist loved ones out of the water, paramedics arrived on the scene and escorted him via helicopter to a nearby hospital, where he was unconscious and in critical condition.
Throughout his stay in the hospital, Angela Cole, girlfriend to the former NFL player, posted that he was on a ventilator in intensive care before being taken off it while at the hospital.
In addition to his partner, Peyton’s uncle gave fans a status update when he first arrived at the hospital. “He’s still in intensive care and having some problems with his kidneys and his lungs, but the doctors say he is improving,” wrote Greg Hillis on FaceBook.
“I just wanted to head off any rumors that may be started,” Greg continued. “I’m sure he would want everyone to know that he appreciates all of the prayers thrown up on his behalf!!!”
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Peyton Hillis takes to Twitter with his most recent health update
Although these updates were seemingly alarming, Hillis made his first public post since the incident. In his own words, he discussed what it was like in the hospital and gave a status update on his health. “I just wanted to come on here and thank everyone for all the prayers and love y’all have given me. It’s really made all the difference,” the retired athlete began in a statement released on his Twitter page.
“I also want to thank my brave sister, mother, sister-in-law, my kids, and my girlfriend, who has saved my life in more ways than one. Thank you to the amazing staff at the hospital,” he added, making sure to thank the forces in his life that made recovery possible. “Y’all were truly amazing and took such great care of me. You made all the difference on my recovery.
Continuing, Hillis took note of the fact that he hasn’t taken any interviews on the subject matter because of the nature of the traumatic event. Instead, he wanted to devout all of his time to healing and his family.
“But I did want to come on here and show my appreciation for everyone who helped save my life and for all of
your prayers and love and support,” Hillis then relayed. “I left the hospital with no worries and concerns and should make a 100% recovery,” the retired athlete announced on his Twitter page. “I’m a very lucky and blessed man.”
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