Night of vigil and fear to pray for Damar Hamlin's health

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Night of vigil and fear to pray for Damar Hamlin's health

A vigil was held overnight in upstate New York for Buffalo Bills football player Damar Hamlin who is still in critical condition in the hospital after going into cardiac arrest during an NFL game against Cincinnati.

The current condition of the NFL young player

Damar Hamlin is under sedation and in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest on the field during the football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, which was later suspended.

This was reported by Buffalo, his club, whose players immediately revealed the seriousness of the situation with their gestures when the game stopped. In fact, while the ambulance entered the field for first aid, many of them wept in despair, others prayed on their knees.

"His heart rate was restored on the field. He is currently sedated and in critical condition," the Buffalo Bills twitter profile notes. Hamlin, 24, received a severe blow to the chest in a fight against an opponent in the first quarter, he stood up and then collapsed to the floor.

Medical personnel took to the field and first aid lasted more than half an hour before the ambulance transported him to the University of Cincinnati hospital, a few kilometers away from the stadium. At first the resumption of play was announced after a few minutes, but in the face of protests from fans and requests from the captains, the referees temporarily suspended the match, before the NFL commissioner declared the match definitively postponed.

According to the New York Times, a sudden cardiac arrhythmia would have been caused by the strong blow to the chest in the clash with the other player. Players from both teams had crowded around the player's stretched out body as the ambulance gave him CPR: many praying on their knees and some in tears.

Javid Moslehi, a cardiologist at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, said the cardiac arrest would be linked to the strong blow received on the chest, at the heart, during a tackle by the opposing player.

He told the New York Times: "A perfect storm that intercepted the only 20-millisecond interval in the heart's cycle in which a strong blow can cause an arrhythmia."