TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Damar Hamlin’s family released a statement following the NFL player’s scary collapse on the field Monday night. On Tuesday morning, Hamlin’s family expressed their “heartfelt gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time”.
“We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country,” the statement said. The family also thanked first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for their “exceptional care.”
The Buffalo Bills safety went into cardiac arrest and collapsed moments after tackling Bengals receiver Tee Higgins during their game in Cincinnati on Monday. Higgins caught a ball from Joe Burrow and was leading with his right shoulder as Hamlin tackled him. Hamlin was hit in the chest. He got up quickly, but fell on his back about three seconds later.
Hamlin received medical attention and was taken off the field about 19 minutes after he collapsed. “[Hamlin’s] heart rate was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment,” the accounts said in a statement on Twitter. “He is currently sedated and in critical condition.”
“Your generosity and compassion mean everything to us,” the statement from Hamlin’s family continued. “Please keep Damar in your prayers.”