Peyton Hillis expects to make a full recovery after saving her two children from drowning



Peyton Hillis broke her silence by saving her two children from drowning.

The former NFL star revealed he expected to make a full recovery as he expressed his gratitude for “love and prayers” in a lengthy social media post on Tuesday.

Hillis reportedly saved her two children from drowning on a Pensacola beach in Florida on January 4, but was airlifted to a local hospital with lung and kidney damage.

‘I’m coming I wanted to come here and thank everyone for all the prayers and love you all have given me,’ her post began.

‘It really made all the difference. I also want to thank my brave sister, my mother, my sister-in-law, my children and my girlfriend who saved my life in more than one way.

Peyton Hillis reportedly saved her two children from potential drowning
Both children – Hillis’ son Orry and youngest daughter – are safe and neither needs hospitalization
The former NFL star expressed his thanks for the ‘love and support’ during a ‘very traumatic time’

“Thank you to the amazing staff at the hospital. Pensacola Baptist Hospital. You have all been truly amazing and taken great care of me. You have made all the difference in my recovery.

“I didn’t take any interviews about it because I would like to keep my family out of the public eye as it was a very traumatic time for us.

“But I wanted to come here and show my gratitude for everyone who helped save my life and for all of your prayers, love and support.

“I left the hospital with no worries or concerns and should make a 100% recovery.

“I am a very lucky and blessed man. Yahweh has truly blessed me and I am very grateful for that.’

The former running back, 37, was released from hospital on January 21 – almost three weeks after the terrifying incident.

Her sister Hayley Davis also jumped into the water to help save the children and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

She added the incident ‘shaken’ their family’s lives last month after an unresponsive Hillis was airlifted to hospital from Pensacola Beach.

Hillis was hospitalized after a swimming accident in Florida, where rescuers airlifted the former NFL star from a beach in Pensacola
Hillis’ children are seen with his now ex-wife, Amanda, during his short stay in Kansas City

Well-wishers turned out for a prayer vigil in Hillis’ native Arkansas, offering their support for the former NFL star.

Fellow former Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya asked fans on Twitter to pray for his former teammate: ‘Please keep former teammate Peyton Hillis in your thoughts and prayers’ as football fans praised the “remarkable dad” Hillis.

Hillis had volunteered as an assistant coach on his son’s team. This son, Orry, and young daughter of Hillis were not injured in the swimming accident.

Footage from the January 4 scene showed a helicopter and two ambulances involved in the incident and another adult was also rushed to hospital, according to TMZ.

Former Browns star Hillis had dabbled in comedy in recent years and appeared in the horror film, The Hunting, in 2021.

Hillis pictured alongside partner Angela Cole, who provided updates on her progress
Hillis’ spectacular 2010 season led fans to vote him on the cover of EA Sports’ Madden 12

He co-starred with his partner and actress Angela Cole, who gave an update on his progress, in this film, and the two are now a couple.

The film was something of a homecoming for Hillis, as it was shot in the Cleveland suburb of Mantua, Ohio.

Cole first went public with their relationship in a Facebook post on July 6, 2022. Hillis divorced the mother of his children, Amanda, in 2020.

After starting his career with the Denver Broncos, Hillis was traded to the Browns with a sixth-round pick for replacement QB Brady Quinn.

In four years at the University of Arkansas, Hillis had 960 rushing yards and 1,197 receiving yards while scoring 23 touchdowns.

Hillis is best known for his 2010 season with Cleveland, where he had 1,600 total yards and 13 total touchdowns. As a result of this campaign, he won a national vote to be the cover athlete for the EA Sports Madden 12 video game.

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