Images can offend the most sensitive. Buffalo Bills quarterback Damar Hamlin was hospitalized in “critical condition” after collapsing in an NFL game on January 2. “Damar Hamlin spent last night in the ICU and remains in critical condition today at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center,” the New York State franchise tweeted.
A day earlier, he said that the 24-year-old football player “suffered a heart attack after being shocked during the game against the Bengals. His heart started beating again on the field and he was taken to the hospital for examination and treatment. He is currently sedated and in critical condition.”
On the ground, Hamlin quickly received first aid, which lasted more than half an hour, and CPR was performed, ESPN reported.
We were playing in the first quarter between the Bills and the Bengals, and a “safety” (defensive back) in his second season in the NFL fell to the ground immediately after getting up in shock. hit him in the upper chest.
Players from both teams gathered around him, many kneeling in prayer and some in tears. Buffalo players, including quarterback Josh Allen, were especially shocked to see their inert teammates.
Hamlin was on oxygen when he was transported to the hospital, and his family, who were watching the game, joined him in the ambulance. Fans of both teams gathered spontaneously, candles in hand, outside the Cincinnati Medical Center (northeast), about four miles from the stadium.
The NFL, which decided to postpone the game indefinitely, said in a statement on Tuesday that it “has not yet made a decision as to whether the game will continue at a later date” and said it will not happen under any circumstances. this week.
Above all, the governing body of America’s most popular and most violent team sport must deal with growing concerns about concussions after players are hit to the head. The already strict protocol in place was further strengthened last October by banning any player from continuing in a match if, regardless of the cause, a factor of global motor instability is observed.
The decision comes after an altercation between Miami and Buffalo in late September. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was on the field despite suffering a very severe concussion and concussion a few days earlier.
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Fractures and torn ligaments are also very common, but an event such as cardiac arrest is extremely rare. There is only one precedent, dating back to 1971, when Chuck Hughes of the Detroit Lions was victimized in a game against the Chicago Bears without previously receiving a concussion. He had a family history and died in hospital as both teams worked to finish the game.
Many NFL stars have posted messages of support on social media or reminded people of the risks of the sport. “Moments like these put a different light on what it’s like to play the sport you love,” wrote legendary Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
LeBron James, the star of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) basketball team, also reacted. “In all sports the health of the players comes first. It was horrible to see and I can only wish this young man the best,” he wrote.
In a statement on Tuesday, Hamley’s family expressed their “sincere gratitude” to Damar for supporting him “at this difficult time”. He praised “the players, the kind words and donations from fans across the country,” as well as “the first responders and medical professionals at Cincinnati Medical Center who provided Damara with exceptional care.”