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