Dorrian Glenn, an uncle of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, said in an interview with CNN that the 24-year-old footballer had to be resuscitated twice.
“His heart had went out so they had to resuscitate him twice,” he said, further adding, “They resuscitated him on the field before they brought him to the hospital and then they resuscitated him a second time when they got him to the hospital.”
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Glenn, however, said that Hamlin is responding to the treatment. He said, “They sedated him just to give a better chance for him to just continue to heal better. We are just taking it day by day. It seems like he’s trending upwards in a positive way”.
In the interview, Glenn, who was watching the game from Pittsburgh, said that Hamlin has been kept “flipped over on his stomach” since blood has been found in his lungs. He revealed that the doctors will next try to get him to breathe on his own.
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“I’m not a crier, but I’ve never cried so hard in my life. Just to know, like, my nephew basically died on the field and they brought him back to life,” he said.
Early Tuesday, a Bills spokesperson tweeted, “Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals”, further adding, “His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment”.
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On Tuesday, the NFL announced that the game between Bills and Cincinnati Bengals that had been postponed following Hamlin’s injury will not be rescheduled for later this week.
: “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 statement read.