NFL star Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition – update

Damar Hamlin's family releases their first statement as it's revealed he's still in critical condition.


Daman Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills safety, suffered a cardiac arrest during the game on Monday after tackling Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. According to reports, Higgins’ helmet hit Hamlin right in the chest after which he managed to stand on his feet but fell on his back seconds later.

According to a statement released by the Bills, Hamlin’s heartbeat was restored on the field before he was transported in an ambulance to the UCMC for further testing and treatment. Up until this point, he remains in critical condition.

“His heart had went out so they had to resuscitate him twice. 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,” Hamlin’s uncle, Dorrian Glenn told CNN.

“Damar Hamlin spent last night in the intensive care unit and remains there today in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. We are grateful and thankful for the outpouring of support we have received thus far,” the Bills stated on Twitter on Tuesday. He remains there “as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him.”

Damar Hamlin warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Getty Images)

Jordon Rooney, Hamlin’s representative, wrote on Twitter: “His vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat. They are currently running tests. We will provide updates as we have them.”

Hamlin’s family took to the social media to share their gratitude to everyone who reached out to them writing they are “deeply moved by the prayers, kind words, and donations from all over the country.”

24-year-old Hamlin joined the Bills in 2021 and was a sixth-round pick of the Bills in that year’s NFL Draft.

He has drawn the attention of many with his annual Christmas Toy Drive. He has done this even before he started playing football professionally. Hamlin had started a GoFundMe page in order to raise money and buy toys for the children in his hometown of McKees Rock, Pennsylvania. His initial goal was $2,500 but following the incident he suffered, donations came pouring in and rose to over $6 million.

According to Jordon Rooney, a spokesperson for Hamlin’s family, Damar is a ”fighter” and his family is in ”good spirits.”

“We’re obviously just taking it minute by minute, hour by hour,” Rooney shared in an interview with Good Morning America.

Our thoughts are with Hamlin as we pray for his full recovery.

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