Family Gives Update on Hero NFL Player Who Saved Drowning Kids: ‘Peyton Is off Ventilator, on Road to Recovery’

The family of Peyton Hillis, who’s been hospitalized in the ICU, has given an update on the hero former NFL running back.

Hillis has been on a ventilator after he rushed into action to save his kids from drowning in Pensacola, Florida last Wednesday.

The family gave an update over the weekend and things didn’t look too promising.

In a statement, Hillis’s family asked Americans to pray for him to pull through.

However, Hillis’ girlfriend, singer and actress Angela Cole, has now given concerned Americans some good news about his condition.

She said he is “off the ventilator and is on the road to recovery.”

Cole called him a hero for saving his children’s lives.

“A hero,” she said on social media.

“So proud of this man and so incredibly grateful for family and this incredible hospital.

“Peyton is off the ventilator and is on the road to recovery.

“Please continue to pray for he’s still got a ways ahead of him, but thank you for all of your prayers and love and support thus far.

“It truly makes all the difference. Today was a good day.

“Thank you everyone for your prayers, love and support.

“Today was a good day.”

An NFL reporter said earlier: “Former #NFL RB Peyton Hillis remains in critical condition and in the ICU after saving his kids from drowning Thursday.

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“Hillis was coughing up sand and was put 100% on the ventilator, and his kidney are still not functioning normally.

“The family asks you all to pray. A hero.”

Hillis starred at Arkansas and with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL.

Peyton’s uncle, Greg, said earlier:

“I just wanted to let everyone know on Razorback Nation that Peyton is doing better.

“He’s still in intensive care and having some problems with his kidneys and his lungs but doctors say he is improving.

“I just wanted to head off any rumors that may be started.

“I’m sure he would want everyone to know that he appreciates all of the prayers being thrown up on his behalf.”

Fox News reporter Alyssa Orange said:

“I have confirmed Hillis was in a swimming accident in Pensacola, FL, and helicoptered to the hospital.

“Family asks to please pray for him and a speedy recovery.”



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