The Buffalo Bills have provided an update on the condition of safety Damar Hamlin, who went into cardiac arrest on Monday during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, has shown a major improvement and seems to be “neurologically intact” the team reported in a statement released on Thursday. Hamlin made a great tackle during the game, stood up, and then promptly passed out, which has become one of the most frightening scenes witnessed on the grid iron. It’s good to hear he’s doing better.
According to The Daily Wire, Hamlin, who is a rookie defensive back from the University of Pennsylvania, collapsed after a fairly routine tackle with Tee Higgins, a Bengals receiver, during the opening minutes of the game, which was then suspended after the play. While physicians have stated that he went into cardiac arrest, there haven’t been a whole lot of updates on his condition.
“Per the physicians caring for Damar Hamlin at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Damar has shown remarkable improvement over the past 24 hours,” the team revealed in the statement. “While still critically ill, he has demonstrated that he appears to be neurologically intact. His lungs continue to heal, and he is making steady progress.”
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 5, 2023
Kaiier Elam, also a rookie player for the Bills, posted a tweet stating that Hamlin is now conscious, which is a most excellent sign.
“Our boy is doing better, awake and showing more signs of improvement,” Elam shared. “Thank you God. Keep the prayers coming please. All love 3!”
“Hamlin went down with about six minutes remaining in the first quarter of the Monday Night Football game after tackling Higgins, who had just hauled in a 13-yard catch. After the tackle, Hamlin got up, took a step backward, and then fell to the ground,” the report said.
Hamlin’s uncle, Dorrian Glenn, spoke with CNN on Tuesday, saying doctors had his nephew “flipped over on his stomach” in order to help with the blood on his lungs due to the some sustained damage to his lungs, the report stated.
“His heart had went out so they had to resuscitate him twice,” Glenn explained. “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.”
At the time of this writing, it’s not known if the game that was suspended will be resumed, but as of now, both teams are on the schedule for Sunday. Both the Bills and the Bengals are headed to the playoffs.
What I think is really amazing about this situation is how it seems God has used it to bring up the importance of prayer. We have seen so many public calls for prayer on social media for Hamlin’s recovery. Even an ESPN analyst prayed live on television for Damar and it was an awesome sight to behold. Let’s hope this stuff leads folks to explore Christianity and possibly meet Jesus.
If there’s one thing America could use a whole lot more of, it’s Jesus and prayer.
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