NFL star suffers cardiac arrest and is in 'critical condition' after tackle
“Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit."
NFL star Damar Hamlin is in hospital and in 'critical condition' after being tackled during the Buffalo Bills game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bills safety had suffered a cardiac arrest after taking a big blow to the chest by Bengals receiver Tee Higgins, and although he initially got up onto his feet, he soon collapsed and lay motionless on the floor.
The NFL said that he was taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Teammate Stefon Diggs later joined Hamlin at the hospital.
“Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals,” the Bills posted on their official Twitter account.
“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.”
The NFL announced more than an hour after the injury that the game would not resume.
Extreme amount of urgency in treating injured Bills defensive player Damar Hamlin. Ambulance on the field at Paycor Stadium. pic.twitter.com/QLmmn3kqMg
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) January 3, 2023
“Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo 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, and his teammates formed a circle around him and prayed, with many of them in tears.
— Valerie Lyons (@VLyonsTV) January 3, 2023
A group of Bills and Bengals fans gathered near the hospital where the 24-year-old is being treated and held candles.
“No one’s been through this,” Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman said on the ESPN telecast. “I’ve never seen anything like it, either.”
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