Damar Hamlin health updates: Buffalo Bills reveal condition news ...
NFL star Damar Hamlin remains in a critical condition after he suffered a cardiac arrest when he took a monster hit during the Buffalo Bills’ clash with the Cincinnati Bengals, his team has confirmed.
Damar Hamlin remains hospitalised in the intensive care unit in critical condition, the Buffalo Bills tweeted on Wednesday morning (AEST).
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“Damar Hamlin spent last night in the intensive care unit and remains there today in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre,” the team tweeted.
“We are grateful and thankful for the outpouring of support we have received thus far.”
The sporting world is collectively rallying around Hamlin, as he fights for life in hospital after suddenly collapsing following his sickening tackle on Bengals receiver Tee Higgins.
Hamlin bounced to his feet after the hit, but almost instantly collapsed thereafter, laying motionless on the ground, before an ambulance was rushed to the field and the game abandoned.
Hamlin’s teammates were visibly sobbing and even praying on the field as the 24-year-old was given CPR by paramedics.
In a statement released on Twitter on Tuesday, the Bills confirmed Hamlin suffered a heart attack.
“Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals,” the Bills’ official Twitter account wrote.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the NFL Communications Department tweeted Wednesday (AEST) that it will not resume the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills.
“The NFL has made no decision regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date,” it added.
American tennis ace Jessica Pegula - the daughter of the Bills’ owners - says she felt ill watching the team’s safety collapse.
He was treated on the field by team and independent medical personnel and local paramedics, the NFL said, before he was taken by ambulance to University of Cincinnati Medical Centre.
Teammate Stefon Diggs later joined Hamlin at the hospital.
Pegula is the daughter of the Bills’ billionaire owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and has such an interest in the team that she was watching the match live from courtside during the USA’s United Cup clash with Germany in Sydney.
The world No.3 said she was shocked and sickened by the incident.
“It’s just terrible. Just terrible,” Pegula told reporters.
“There are really no words. I’m glad they stopped the game. It just brings you to the fact there are a lot bigger and more important things than sports and games.”
The NFL said its thoughts were with Damar and the Bills.
“We will provide more information as it becomes available,” the league said in a statement.
“The NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association which is in agreement with postponing the game.”
An ambulance was on the field four minutes after Hamlin collapsed, with many players in tears, including cornerback Tre’Davious White. The quarterbacks - Buffalo’s Josh Allen and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow - embraced.
“Please pray for our brother,” Allen tweeted.
Hamlin’s uniform was cut off and he appeared to be receiving CPR from medical personnel. ESPN reported Hamlin was also given oxygen.
“I’m glad they’re trying to support him, but it was pretty scary,” Pegula said.
“I don’t really know much else. Obviously it’s pretty frantic there right now. I just felt sick. I felt terrible. I think everybody felt that way that was watching.
“I don’t know him personally. I don’t think I’ve actually met him, but with (our) teams, they’re like family. It’s definitely not something we want to see.”
The Bengals led 7-3 in the first quarter of a game between teams vying for the top playoff seed in the AFC. Cincinnati entered at 11-4 and leading the AFC North by one game over Baltimore, while AFC East champion Buffalo was 12-3.
The aftermath of the injury was reminiscent of when Bills’ tight end Kevin Everett lay motionless on the field after making a tackle on the second-half opening kickoff in Buffalo’s 2007 season-opening game against the Denver Broncos.
Everett sustained a spinal cord injury that initially left him partially paralysed.Damar Hamlin’s family says they are ‘moved by the prayers, kind words’
Damar Hamlin’s family thanked fans on Tuesday, saying they are “moved by the prayers” and “kind words” showered on the Buffalo Bills safety after his collapse on the field.
The family also praised health care workers who immediately tended to the 24-year-old as he went into cardiac arrest during the Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game at Paycor Stadium.
“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time,” according to a statement, the family’s first since Monday night’s incident.
“We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words, and donations from fans around the country.
“We also want to acknowledge the dedicated first responders and health care professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre who have provided exceptional care to Damar.
“We feel so blessed to be part of the Buffalo Bills organisation and to have their support. We also want to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals for everything they’ve done.”Fans donate to Damar Hamlin’s charity toy drive
An online toy drive fundraiser created by Damar Hamlin has been flooded with donations after his collapse.
Fans have flocked to a GoFundMe Hamlin had set up in 2020 when he was entering the league.
The effort aims to raise money to buy toys for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and had an initial fundraising goal of $2500.
That was eclipsed in the hours after Hamlin’s collapse and by 5am ET had passed $3 million with more than 123,000 donations.
Many fans included messages of support and wishes for Hamlin’s good health alongside their donations.
GoFundMe shared a link to the page and said that “Following his injury on the field tonight, fans across the country are showing their support for him and his family by donating to his fundraiser.”
Hamlin, a University of Pittsburgh alum, created the charitable foundation and toy drive as his college career was coming to an end in 2020.
“As I embark on my journey to the NFL, I will never forget where I come from and I am committed to using my platform to positively impact the community that raised me,” Hamlin wrote on the fund’s page at the time.
“This campaign gives you the opportunity to contribute to our first initiative and positively impact children who have been hardest hit by the pandemic,” he added.
Pitt’s football program changed its Twitter profile’s header late Monday night to a picture of Hamlin in his No. 3 Panthers jersey, and added: “Damar Hamlin is the best of us. We love you, 3. Praying for you.”
- with NBC