Damar Hamlin, a safety for the Buffalo Bills, passed out on the field during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Bills said. He is in critical condition.
The team sent out a tweet late at night saying, “In our game against the Bengals, Damar Hamlin had a heart attack after getting hit. His heartbeat was started up again on the field, and he was taken to the UC Medical Center for more tests and care. He is now under sedation and his condition is listed as “critical.””
The Bills said on Tuesday that Hamlin had spent the night in the intensive care unit and was still in very bad shape.
“We are grateful and thankful for all the support we’ve gotten so far,” the team said in a tweet.
Charlie De Mar of CBS Chicago said that Hamlin’s uncle talked to reporters outside the hospital on Tuesday evening. He said that his nephew’s heart stopped twice, once on the field and again at the hospital.
Damar Hamlin spent last night in the intensive care unit and remains there today in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
We are grateful and thankful for the outpouring of support we have received thus far.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
After the injury, the rest of the game had to be put off. The NFL said on Tuesday that they had not decided when the game would start again, but that it would not start this week.
In a statement released Tuesday, Hamlin’s family thanked first responders and medical staff at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for their “exceptional care.”
They also said they were “thankful for the love and support that Damar received during this hard time.”
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The family said, “Your kindness and kindness mean the world to us.” “Please say prayers for Damar.”
Jordon Rooney, a family representative who has known the player since he was in college, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that Hamlin’s family is “in good spirits” and “taking it minute by minute, hour by hour.”
The thoughts and prayers of all of Bills Mafia are supporting you, Damar. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/lDWNAOEPX4
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
Rooney said he didn’t know much more about Hamlin’s condition than that he was sedated.
Rooney said, “All I can say is that he’s fighting.” “He fights hard.“
Hamlin tackled Bengals receiver Tee Higgins at the end of the first quarter of the game. Hamlin is 24 years old. A reporter for ESPN, which was showing the game, said that Hamlin “made a hit, got up, took a couple of steps, and then just fell to the ground.”
The announcers said that Hamlin was treated on the field for about 10 minutes, including what looked like CPR, before an ambulance was brought onto the field. As Hamlin was being put into the ambulance, it looked like he was getting oxygen.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 3, 2023
“Hamlin was given medical care right away on the field by both team and outside medical staff as well as local paramedics. He was then taken to a nearby hospital, where he is in very bad shape “In a statement, the NFL said. “Damar and the Buffalo Bills are in our thoughts. We’ll give you more details as they become available.”
ESPN said Hamlin’s mom was at the game and rode in the ambulance with him.
While Hamlin was getting care, players from both teams crowded around him, and some looked upset. Several people were crying. As they waited for news about Hamlin’s health, an ESPN reporter said, “The whole Bills team is out on the field right now.” “Some players are on their knees and praying, while others are holding hands and doing the same. You can tell how worried they are by the looks on their faces.”
When Hamlin was taken off the field, the referees said the game was “temporarily stopped,” and the players went back to their locker rooms.
Just after 10 p.m. ET, about an hour after Hamlin fell, it was decided that the game would be put off for the night. “Please pray for our brother,” tweeted Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
Blue lights on at Paycor for Damar Hamlin and the Bills family pic.twitter.com/hSFtn6mKah
— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) January 3, 2023
Fans from both teams gathered at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Hamlin was taken. Some of them held candles.
Stefon Diggs went to the hospital to check on Hamlin. Several other teams sent Hamlin and the Bills good wishes while playing at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.
Jay Morrison, the Bengals beat writer for The Athletic, said that the team also paid tribute:
New York Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that she was “praying” for Hamlin and that “our hearts are with his family, loved ones, and the whole @BuffaloBills community.” As the league heads into the last week of the regular season, this game is very important for how the playoffs will be set up.
The Bills picked Hamlin in the draught in 2021, after he had played 46 games at the University of Pittsburgh and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. He is also in charge of The Chasing M’s Foundation, which helps people in need.
After what happened Monday night, a lot of people gave money to a toy drive that he was raising money for on GoFundMe. As of 2:30 a.m. ET, people had given more than $3 million to the fund. Its first goal was to get $2,500.
Hamlin has a clothing line with the same name, and he has given clothes to students at the high school where he used to go.
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.