Damar Hamlin: NFL star remains in critical condition after cardiac arrest as family thank fans for support

Damar Hamlin: NFL star remains in critical condition after cardiac arrest as family thank fans for support

American football player Damar Hamlin remains in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during an NFL game in the USA.

Buffalo Bills safety Hamlin collapsed during his side’s Monday Night Football meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals shortly after making a tackle and received CPR on the field.

Upset Bills players gathered in prayer with fans at the Bengals’ Paycor Stadium in Ohio in silence as 24-year-old Hamlin was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

The game was first temporarily suspended as both sets of players left the field with the Bengals leading 7-3 in the first quarter, before the NFL later announced play would not resume on the night.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin made a tackle on Tee Higgins seconds before his collapse (AP)
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin made a tackle on Tee Higgins seconds before his collapse (AP)

“Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals,” an initial statement from the Bills read. “His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.”

Hamlin is playing in his second season in the league after being drafted by the Bills out of the University of Pittsburgh in the sixth round in 2021 and has been a regular starter for a franchise that are among the favourites for the Super Bowl, having already clinched the AFC East divisional title and a place in the playoffs, which start later this month.

In a further update released on Tuesday, the Bills said: “Damar Hamlin spent last night in the intensive care unit and remains there today in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. We are grateful and thankful for the outpouring of support we have received thus far.”

Hamlin’s family have thanked fans for their outpouring of support and also praised the work of the first responders and healthcare professionals.

There has been widespread support for Hamlin from across America and beyond (AP)
There has been widespread support for Hamlin from across America and beyond (AP)

“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time,” Hamlin’s family wrote in a statement.

“We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words, and donations from fans around the country.”

They added: “Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will release updates as soon as we have them.”

In a show of support for Hamlin, donations to a community fundraiser set up by the player back in 2020 in order to provide toys for children in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania have skyrocketed to almost $5million and counting.

The NFL have also now confirmed that the Bengals-Bills game will not be rescheduled for this week.

"The NFL continues to be in regular contact with the medical team caring for Damar Hamlin, and also the Bills and Bengals organizations and the NFL Players Association. After speaking with both teams and NFLPA leadership, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the clubs today that the Bills-Bengals game will not be resumed this week," the league said in a statement.

"The NFL has made no decision regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date. The league has not made any changes to the Week 18 regular season schedule. We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available."