“The 24-year-old safety for the Buffalo Bills collapsed and went into cardiac arrest during Monday night’s contest.
The family of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin commended fans for their “sincere gratitude” and requested prayers for the 24-year-old, who remains in critical condition after collapsing and going into cardiac arrest during ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game.

“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time,” read a statement attributed to the Hamlin family and posted by Jordon Rooney; the NFL also shared the statement.

We are profoundly moved by the prayers, kind comments, and contributions from fans across the nation.
Hamlin’s family also expressed gratitude to the first responders, medical staff at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals for their support.

“Your kindness and generosity mean the world to us.

Please keep Damar in your prayers, and the family will provide updates as they become available, the statement continued.

The Bills said in a statement that Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest after making a contact during the first quarter of the game on January 2. Hamlin brought down Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins, stood up, and then collapsed to his back.

According to the Bills, medical personnel were able to restore Hamlin’s pulse on the field, and he was transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s intensive care unit, where he remained on January 3.

The Bengals led the Bills 7-3 with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter when play was suspended.

The NFL made the unprecedented decision to postpone the game approximately one hour later, and the league announced on January 3 that the game would not be resumed during week 18.

Former Buffalo Bills player Eric Wood, who was present at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, told TODAY that the scenario was “unbelievable.”

“This stadium went from possibly the loudest and most energized stadium I’ve ever been in — there was so much anticipation for this game — to complete silence,” Wood said.

“From the moment Damar stepped onto the field, it appeared that something was off,” he continued.

This situation was significantly more dire than usual, largely due to the participants’ responses.

Teams from across the league, including Hamlin’s teammates, sent condolences and well wishes to the 24-year-old.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire Bills Mafia organization are with you, Damar.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire Bills Mafia are with you, Damar, the Buffalo Bills tweeted, using a nickname for their admirers.

“Please pray for our brother,” tweeted Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

The Bengals tweeted, “Sending our thoughts and prayers to Damar,” with a supplication hands emoji.

Fans also contributed to a toy campaign organized by Hamlin in 2020 to provide toys to children in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the fact that the drive is unrelated to Hamlin’s medical incident, fans have donated over $4,2 million to demonstrate their support”.
Submitted to NewsTime

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