The family for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin said during an interview Tuesday night that the 24-year-old athlete had to be resuscitated multiple times after going into cardiac arrest during Monday night’s football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Hamlin collapsed with about six minutes left in the first quarter of the Monday Night Football game after he tackled Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins, who had just pulled in a 13-yard catch. After the tackle, Hamlin got up, took a step backward, and fell to the ground.
Dorrian Glenn, Hamlin’s uncle, told CNN that doctors had his nephew “flipped over on his stomach” to help with the blood on his lungs because he sustained “some damage to his lungs,” the report said.
Hamlin is still sedated and on a ventilator, Glenn added.
“His heart had went out so they had to resuscitate him twice,” Glenn said. “They resuscitated him on the field before they brought him to the hospital and then they resuscitated him a second time when they got him to the hospital.”
Glenn said that it seems like Hamlin is “trending upwards in a positive way.”
Local sports reporter Josh Reed added that Glenn gave him a little more information on Hamlin’s health.
“Just spoke with Damar Hamlin’s uncle. Damar was originally on 100% oxygen and is now down to 50%,” Reed said. “Says the family is hanging in there. He thanked Bills fans, and Bengals fans and asked for continued prayers.”
Just spoke with Damar Hamlin’s uncle. Damar was originally on 100% oxygen and is now down to 50%. Says the family is hanging in there. He thanked Bills fans, and Bengals fans and asked for continued prayers
— Josh Reed (@4JoshReed) January 3, 2023
The Bills released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that Hamlin was still listed in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Hamlin’s family released a statement Tuesday afternoon expressing their gratitude for the outpouring of support that fans have shown following the incident.
“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time,” the statement said. “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 healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who have provided exceptional care to Damar,” the statement continued. “We feel so blessed to be part of the Buffalo Bills organization and to have their support. We also want to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals for everything they’ve done. Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will release updates as soon as we have them.”