Amid concerns that Buffalo Bills’ Safety Damar Hamlin could lose his life as a result of an injury he sustained on Monday Night Football in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, breaking reports are showing that Hamlin is awake in the hospital and holding hands with his family. The reporting from Hamlin’s agent and family also states that he appears ‘neurologically intact’ after needing to undergo CPR for nearly 10 minutes and have his heart reset by use of an AED after collapsing after a routine play.
Damar Hamlin’s teammate, rookie cornerback Kaiir Elam Tweeted:
Our boy is doing better, awake and showing more signs of improvement. Thank you God. Keep the prayers coming please. All love 3!
— Kaiir Elam (@kaiirelam5) January 5, 2023
Hamlin’s ability to wake up following the surgeries he had to undergo at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center following going into cardiac arrest, and show signs that his neurological status is trending in a direction indicating “remarkable improvement” could be a sign that Hamlin may have avoided the worst.
This story is still ongoing, and we will release updates when new information is available.
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field in a game on Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals after taking a shot to the chest from an opposing player. Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and Bills staff say his “heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment.” He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition,” they added.
Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
A message from Hamlin’s agent Ira Turner read, “Please continue to pray for Damar and his family. We currently have no update at this time. Will ask that you keep the family in your prayers.“
From Damar Hamlin’s agent Ira Turner of @Agency1AMG:
“Please continue to pray for Damar and his family. We currently have no update at this time. Will ask that you keep the family in your prayers.“
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2023
The Bills team have already flown home to Buffalo while some have decided to stay behind to show support for their teammate. Hundreds of fans also made the trek from the Bengals stadium to the hospital in order to offer prayers for Hamlin’s recovery.
This morning, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, said “Just the time is of such critical importance here in terms of taking care of someone like this. The response from the medical team was fast and seconds and minutes matter in a situation like this,” adding, that it was crucial to restart Hamlin’s heart in the timely manner that the medical personnel were able to do following Hamlin’s collapse, adding “the process of normal pumping,” which Dr. Gupta is assuming happened can be viewed as “an optimistic sign.”
Hamlin’s marketing representative also shared an update on his Twitter, writing, “Update on Damar: His vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat. They are currently running tests. We will provide updates as we have them.”
Source is me – His friend and marketing rep.
— Jordon Rooney (@jordonr) January 3, 2023