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Damar Hamlin shows 'signs of improvement' as he remains in intensive care in critical condition, Bills says, after mid-game cardiac arrest


After victim of cardiac arrest During a game on Monday, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition in intensive care, with “signs of improvement” noted over the past day, his team tweeted early Wednesday afternoon, as worried fans across the country awaited news of his whereabouts.

“He is expected to remain in intensive care as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him,” the Bills said.


Hamlin, 24, had always been sedated on a ventilator as doctors struggled to get him to breathe on his own, his uncle Dorrian Glenn told CNN on Tuesday, after Hamlin collapsed on the pitch overnight. previous interrupted the Bills’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Superb a packed stadium that moments earlier had been waving with excitement at Hamlin’s tackle on a Bengals wide receiver.

Hamlin’s heart rate was restored on the field as staff tended to him, the Bills said, before being taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was still being treated on Wednesday. Hamlin was resuscitated only once, a family spokesperson said Wednesday, not twice, as his uncle told CNN on Tuesday.

“My nephew basically died in the field and they brought him back to life,” Glenn said Tuesday.

It is still unclear what led to the cardiac arrest. CNN has requested comment from the hospital system, which does not release information about Hamlin or grant interviews with his medical staff.

Hamlin is on a ventilator to relieve some of the pressure on his lungs, which have been damaged, according to Glenn. Doctors told Glenn his nephew had also been ‘turned onto his stomach’ in hospital to help with the blood on his lungs, he said, adding: ‘It seems he has a positive trend .”

Hamlin’s cardiac arrest came as the NFL is under surveillance for the way it protects players in a single, inherently violent game. Hamlin collapsed shortly after a collision in which Higgins tried to pass Hamlin, who had come in for a tackle, with around six minutes remaining in the first quarter of Monday’s game. Hamlin still twisted Higgins to the ground and got up – but within seconds he fell and stood still.

Monday’s contest was postponed with the Bengals leading 7-3, and do not resume this weekand no decision has been made on whether to prosecute him, the NFL said Tuesday.

Injuries on the pitch are not rare in the league, which often resumes play even after severe cases. Many current and former players strongly supported the game’s postponement, saying Hamlin’s cardiac arrest was particularly disturbing as medical staff battled to save his life as fans and players watched.

As Hamlin was treated on the pitch, some players would drop to their knees, send a prayer, or openly cry and hug. Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins realized the seriousness of his teammate’s condition when Hamlin lay on the ground as more medical personnel were called in, he said.

At that point, you’re just like, ‘What can I do? What can we do? And it immediately breaks you in prayer,” Dawkins said. Told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. “Whether you are a believer or not, only a higher power can truly take control of what is to come. And our helping people have also helped this higher power.

The incident marks the latest in a series of tragic blows to the Buffalo community that has endured in recent months. a racist shooting and a historic blizzard who left at least 41 people have died in Erie County, New York. “It’s been, you know, just (a) steady beat for Buffalo,” Dawkins said.

An outpouring of support surrounded Hamlin and his family as messages of prayers and well wishes poured in from star athletes, fans and national leaders. A Fundraising which Hamlin previously launched for his Chasing M’s Foundation toy drive has raised more than $6 million since his hospitalization.

Fans hold a candlelight prayer service for Hamlin at UC Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

At a prayer service for the player on Tuesday night, community members described the heartbreak of seeing ‘one of us’ enduring such a crisis.

“All you can do now is pray for Damar: the man, not the football player, not the Buffalo Bill, but the person,” said City Poet Laureate Jillian Hanesworth. “He has to get out of this.”

Cardiac Arrest Results electrical disturbances that cause the heart to suddenly stop beating properly, and death can occur quickly if help is not rendered immediately. It is not the same as a heart attack or heart failure.

When the heart isn’t beating well, fluid can sometimes back up into the lungs and prevent medical staff from oxygenating the patient, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta explained. Thus, they turn the person on their stomach in a lying position to facilitate breathing.

The prone position “is only used when it’s very difficult to get oxygen or gas in and out of the lungs”, which can happen when fluid builds up in the lungs because the heart doesn’t not working well. Jonathan Reiner, cardiologist and director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at George Washington University Hospital, said Tuesday.

It appeared Tuesday night that Hamlin was still suffering from significant heart dysfunction and his heart was not pumping enough blood, Gupta told CNN’s Anderson Cooper at the time. One treatment option would be to reduce the body’s demand for oxygenated blood, he said.

“So you want to improve the amount of circulation, but in the meantime you can also reduce the demand by sedating someone, keeping them on a ventilator,” he said. “Sometimes they even use cooling agents, hypothermia, to practically put the body into a state of near hibernation so that it doesn’t demand so much oxygenated blood. That’s part of the reason he’s also reportedly on a ventilator.

Hamlin was only resuscitated once after his collapse, his family’s spokesperson said on Wednesday. Glenn, the player’s uncle, misspoke when he told CNN and ESPN the day before that Hamlin had been resuscitated twice, spokesman Jordon Rooney said.

“There’s a lot of medical jargon, a lot of stuff being said, so Damar was only resuscitated once,” Rooney, Hamlin’s friend and marketing representative, said on behalf of the family on Wednesday.

“His uncle is incredibly supportive of his nephew. … I think, you know, he just wanted to do his part to share some good news, and I think he misspoke,” Rooney said.

The family said they are grateful for all the support they have received, including from the hospital, fans and the NFL community.

(They are) incredibly grateful for everything that happened, for all the support they received. It made things a little easier for them,” Rooney said Wednesday. “They’re very grateful people, and it means a lot to them.”

Higgins, the receiver involved in the collision that preceded Hamlin’s collapse, contacted Hamlin’s family and supported him, Rooney said.

Damar Hamlin, 24, has been with the Buffalo Bills for two years and has played in every game this season.

Several star athletes – including a tennis player Coco GauffNFL’s JJ Watt and NBA legend LeBron James – applauded the NFL’s decision to postpone the game and stressed the importance of Hamlin’s safe recovery to the game’s outcome.

Former NFL player Donté Stallworth says the league’s decision to postpone the game wouldn’t have happened years ago. “Five or 10 years ago the game probably would have resumed,” he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Tuesday.

“I don’t know if you can make the game much safer,” he said. It’s a brutal sport. I think people forget that. They sometimes consider players more like commodities, especially with fantasy football.

“Sometimes we forget the human side, that these players are actually human beings and they have families and they have wives and children,” he added, pointing out that “the mother of Hamlin was there to testify with his own eyes.”

Dawkins was relieved and grateful his team didn’t have to keep playing, he said.

“The fact that we haven’t had to go back to that pitch and play just shows that there is care, and that’s all we can ask for is that we are treated like people,” he said. “Because most people treat us like athletes, like superstars and some people like celebrities, but then they treat us like people.”

Bills players and staff are still processing Monday night’s events, a team source told CNN’s Coy Wire on Tuesday.

The ongoing shock of Hamlin’s hospitalization — in addition to the city’s mass shooting in May, the deadly blizzard in December, the move to a November home game in Detroit, and the lockdown in Chicago over the holidays — has been heavy on everyone associated with the club, the source says.

“Everyone is exhausted,” the source told Wire, adding that the team’s return flight to New York didn’t land until 3:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

This story has been updated to reflect the number of times Hamlin has been resuscitated based on information from a family spokesperson and his uncle.

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