Cincinnati – Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is awake in the hospital according to the team’s official Twitter account.
The update comes after Hamlin He suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of the game on MondayHe was put on a ventilator under the influence of a sedative, as doctors worked to make him breathe on his own.
Bills cornerback Kaiir Elam also tweeted the good news.
The 24-year-old collapsed on the field and stopped the Bills’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals, sparking a packed stadium that just moments earlier was abuzz with excitement about the catch and ran in front of Bengals wide receiver Hamlin’s tackle.
On Wednesday morning, Hamlin family spokesman Gordon Rooney said doctors told loved ones that Hamlin’s condition was moving in a “positive direction.”
In mere seconds, medical personnel were rushing onto the field to perform CPR and Hamlin’s resuscitation in front of teammates, many of whom fell to their knees, sent prayers, or were openly crying and embracing each other.
“I’m not crying,” Glenn said, “but I’ve never cried so hard in my life. Just to know, like, my nephew died in the field and they brought him back to life.”
Glenn was watching the game in Pittsburgh with Hamlin’s younger brother, and he said everyone at first thought it was just a regular hit and he’d come back again, play doubles and come back. When 10-20 minutes passed, they realized that it was something serious.
Glenn said he tried to comfort Hamlin’s 7-year-old brother, telling him it was going to be okay, but it soon became clear that it might not be okay.
Once the game was cancelled, the family was loaded into two cars and drove from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati to support Hamlin.
Hamlin is still fighting, Glenn said, and the family appreciates the prayers from around the world.
He said he had a chance to see Hamelin, but turned around because he didn’t want to see him in that state and would wait to see him when he could actually talk to him.
Glenn said Hamlin is using a ventilator to take some of the pressure off his damaged lungs. Doctors told Glenn that his nephew had been “rolled over on his stomach” in the hospital to help get the blood pumping into his lungs, he said, adding, “It seems to be tipping up in a positive way.”
The game was suspended with approximately six minutes left in the first quarter and was later officially postponed. It won’t resume this week, and no decision has been made about whether it will continue at a later date, the NFL said Tuesday.
field injuries It is not uncommon In the league, which often resumes play even after severe cases. But several current and former players said Hamlin’s cardiac arrest was particularly upsetting as medical staff fought to save his life while fans and players watched.
Bills offensive tackle Deon Dawkins realized the seriousness of his teammate’s condition when Hamlin remained on the floor as more and more medical personnel were called in, he said.
“At that moment, you were just thinking, ‘What can I do?’” what can we do? He will immediately swear you to prayer,” Dawkins told CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. “Whether you’re a believer or not, only a higher power can truly control what’s next. And our people who help also help that higher power.”
Hamlin’s collapse is the latest in a string of tragic blows to players and the Buffalo community, which in the past few months has been hit by a racially charged mass shooting and a historic snowstorm that left at least 41 dead in Erie County, New York. “It was, you know, just that [a] “The constant beating of Buffalo,” said Dawkins.
An outpouring of support surrounded Hamlin and his family as messages of prayers and well wishes poured in from star athletes, cheerleaders and national leaders. a fundraiser Hamlin, who previously started his own Chasing M’s Foundation game campaign, has raised more than $6 million since his hospitalization.
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In a prayer for the player Tuesday night, community members described the grief of watching “one of us” endure such a crisis.
“All you can do now is pray for Damar,” said city poet Jillian Hansworth. “The man is not the footballer or Buffalo Bill, it’s the person. He’s got to get on with it.”
What doctors might think
It’s still not clear what triggered Hamelin’s cardiac arrest — a condition that results from electrical disturbances that cause the heart to suddenly stop beating properly. Death can happen quickly if help is not provided immediately. It is not like a heart attack or heart failure.
When the heart is not beating well, fluid can sometimes back up into the lungs and make it difficult for medical staff to provide a patient with oxygen, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, explained. Therefore, they will turn the person onto their stomach into a prone position to make breathing easier.
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Gupta said it appears Hamelin still has a significant amount of heart dysfunction and his heart can’t pump enough blood.
One treatment option, Anderson Cooper told CNN, is to reduce the body’s demand for oxygenated blood.
“So, you want to improve the amount of blood circulating, but in the meantime, you can also reduce the demand by anesthetizing someone, by keeping them on a breathing machine,” he said. “Sometimes they use cooling agents, called hypothermia, to put the body almost into a hibernation-like state, so it doesn’t require as much oxygenated blood. That’s part of the reason why he uses a respirator like we will.”
On Tuesday, Hamlin’s family thanked the UCLA Medical Center staff “who provided exceptional care to Dummar.”
“On behalf of our family, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for the love and support Dummar has shown during this difficult time. We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words, and donations from fans across the country,” the statement read. .
“This is a brutal sport. I think people forget that
Many sports stars – including a tennis player Coco JoveNFL’s JJ Watt and NBA legend LeBron James praised the NFL’s decision to postpone the game and emphasized the importance of Hamlin’s safe recovery to the outcome of the game.
Former NFL player Donte Stallworth said the league’s decision to postpone the game would not have happened years ago. “Five or 10 years ago, maybe the game would have resumed,” he told CNN reporter Jim Cioto on Tuesday.
“I don’t know if you can make the game safer,” he said. “This is a brutal sport. I think people forget that. They view players more as commodities sometimes, especially with fantasy football.
“Sometimes we forget the human side, that these players are actually people and they have families and they have wives and children,” he added, noting that “Hamlin’s mother was witnessing it with her own eyes.”
Dawkins said he was relieved and grateful that his team didn’t have to keep playing.
“The fact that we didn’t have to go back out there on the field and play just shows that there is care, and that’s all we can ask for is that we get treated as people,” he said. “Because most people just treat us like athletes and stars, and some people like celebrities, but in that moment they treated us like people.”
The Bills players and staff are still dealing with Monday night’s events, a source within the team told Coy Wire on Tuesday.
The lingering trauma of Hamlin’s hospitalization — plus a mass shooting in the city in May, a deadly snowstorm in December, a November home game moved to Detroit and being stuck in Chicago over the holidays — has weighed heavily on everyone associated with the club, the source said.
“Everyone is exhausted,” the source told Wire, adding that the team’s flight to New York didn’t land until 3:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday.
ESPN, ABC News, and CNN contributed to this report.
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