Damar Hamlin, a prominent player in the National Football League in the United States, collapsed during a nationally televised game and is currently in critical condition.
The 24-year-old Buffalo Bills player went down in the first quarter after colliding with a Cincinnati Bengals teammate.
More than 30 minutes passed before he was brought to a nearby hospital, where he underwent further treatment, according to AFP.
A little over an hour after the incident, the NFL called off the game for the night.
Hamlin’s agent, Jordon Rooney, sent the following tweet: “His vitals have returned to normal, and he is currently unconscious so that a breathing tube can be inserted. Checks are currently being conducted. As more information becomes available, we will share it.”
Hamlin, a safety, seemed to be struck in the chest by Bengals receiver Tee Higgins’ helmet during a tackle attempt. He tried to stand up but ended himself flat on his back.
According to ESPN, medical personnel performed CPR on the field for more than 10 minutes and gave Hamlin oxygen before carrying him out on a stretcher.
The news source added that Hamlin’s relatives who had also come to the game rode with him in the ambulance to the local hospital.
While Hamlin was being cared for, players from both teams surrounded him. Some were seen crying, and others were seen bowing in prayer.
The crowd in Cincinnati remained motionless during the experience, and the television broadcast frequently cut away from the action on the field.
Just over an hour after the incident, the game was called off for the evening by the event’s organizers. Injuries are extremely unusual causes of game delays in the NFL.
Sports writer Joe Danneman heard from a reliable source that the Bills would return to New York from Cincinnati rather than stay there. It could be some time before play resumes.
Two of this year’s best contenders for the Super Bowl meet on a Monday night in the second-to-last week of the NFL season.
Players for the League issued the following statement: “We have communicated with NFL representatives, as well as players from the Bills and the Bengals. Health and safety for Damar are all that concerns right now.”
Hamlin was picked by the Bills in 2021 after excelling at the University of Pittsburgh. He is from McKees Rock, Pennsylvania.
While he spent much of last season on the Bills’ bench in a reserve safety role, he’s a regular starter for the team in 2022.
Even before he became a professional athlete, he earned kudos for organizing a Christmas toy drive in his hometown every year.
Following Hamlin’s passing on Monday, a GoFundMe page established for the toy drive was reposted and quickly surpassed its original goal of $1,000,000.
Numerous others have sent their best wishes. On Twitter, J.J. Watt, a defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals, said “If you’re reading this, dude, I hope you’re okay. Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark said on ESPN’s SportsCenter, “Please be ok; this isn’t about a football player; this is about a human.”
Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, said “Damar Hamlin has our thoughts and prayers. His loved ones and the whole Buffalo Bills organization have our deepest condolences.”