On Tuesday, the family of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin released a statement expressing their “sincere gratitude” for the outpouring of support Damar and the Hamlin family have received.
Damar Hamlin experienced a cardiac arrest following a brutal hit during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. A spokesperson for the Bills noted that Hamlin’s “heartbeat was restored on the field” and that Damar is now a patient at UC Medical Center.”
Hamlin’s family has asked friends, family, and fans to continue praying for Damar’s recovery. They also thanked the more than 150,000 fans who expressed their support by donating nearly $4 million to Hamlin’s charity toy drive fund.
An excerpt from the family’s statement read: “On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time. We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words, and donations from fans around the country.”
The statement added: “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. We feel so blessed to be a 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.”
Early Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for the Bills reported that Hamlin was “currently sedated and listed in critical condition.”
After an aggressive hit by Bengals wideout Tee Higgins, Hamlin went down, stood up, and then collapsed on the field. His heart stopped but was revived by medical personnel in the stadium. After receiving lifesaving CPR, Damar was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Tuesday morning’s update from the Bills read: “Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment.”
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