Damar Hamlin, an American football star, was taken to the hospital after collapsing on the field during an NFL game.
On Monday, medical personnel rushed onto the field in Cincinnati and performed CPR on the Buffalo Bills player for about 10 minutes after he collapsed to the ground after a tackle impacted his chest.
The young player rose to his feet and appeared to adjust his helmet before falling backwards and becoming motionless.
As stunned players looked on, an ambulance drove onto the field, and the crowd at the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals fell silent.
The thoughts and prayers of all of Bills Mafia are supporting you, Damar. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/lDWNAOEPX4
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
Hamlin’s football shirt was ripped, and ESPN reported during the game’s live broadcast that he was also given oxygen.
“No one has been through this,” NFL quarterback turned analyst Troy Aikman said. “I’d never seen anything like it before.”
The NFL has confirmed that Hamlin is now in critical condition in the hospital.
As the ambulance left the stadium, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott led the team in prayer. Many of the 24-year-teammates old’s were in tears, and his mother stood nearby.
She is thought to have been able to join him in the ambulance on the way to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, which is two miles away from the stadium.
Stefon Diggs later joined Hamlin at the hospital, where about 100 Bills and Bengals fans had gathered near the entrance, some holding candles.
The game was halted, and it has now been rescheduled for the evening.
“Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills,” the NFL said in a statement.
Two years ago, the football world was shocked when Danish national and current Manchester United player Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field during the Euro 2020 championship.
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