Player Safety In The Spotlight Following Damar Hamlin Incident

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Player Safety In The Spotlight Following Damar Hamlin Incident

Damar Hamlin, a Buffalo Bills safety, had a heart attack during a game on Monday and is still in serious condition in the hospital, though there have been "signs of progress" lately, the team tweeted Wednesday afternoon as anxious fans across the country awaited word on his status.

On Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-year-old Damae Hamlin suffered a passed out.

This forced the game to be called off. Hamlin was revived on the field, and now he is being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he has been put under anesthesia and is being supported by a ventilator as physicians attempt to let him breathe on his own, according to his uncle Dorrian Glenn.

Glenn added that Hamlin's lungs have been hurt and that the hospital has "flipped him over on his stomach" to help with the blood on his lungs. “My nephew basically died on the field and they brought him back to life,” Glenn said Tuesday.

Reason for the heart arrest unknown

It is currently unknown what led to Hamlin's heart arrest, and neither the hospital nor his medical personnel has agreed to interviews. The NFL postponed Monday's game, which was in progress when Hamlin passed out and hasn't decided whether to resume it later.

The frequently violent character of football and how the league manages player injuries have come under scrutiny as a result of this occurrence. The distressing and dramatic spectacle in which medical staff battled to save Hamlin's life while spectators and players watched has been cited by several current and former players as justification for the decision to postpone the game.

When Hamlin remained on the ground and more and more emergency personnel were dispatched, offensive tackle for the Bills Dion Dawkins stated he became aware of the seriousness of his teammate's condition. “In that moment, you’re just thinking like, ‘What can I do? What can we do?’ And it just immediately breaks you down into prayer,” Dawkins told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday.

“Whether you’re a believer or not, only a higher power can really take control of what is next. And our people that help also assisted that higher power”. “All you can do right now is pray for Damar: the man, not the football player, not the Buffalo Bill, but the person,” the city’s poet laureate Jillian Hanesworth said.

“He has to pull through”. Messages of well wishes and prayers have poured in from famous athletes, fans, and national officials for Hamlin and his family from the Buffalo Bills and their supporters. Since being hospitalized, Hamlin's toy drive charity, which he founded, has raised more than $6 million.

Tuesday night saw a prayer ceremony for the footballer, during which locals expressed their sorrow at witnessing "one of our own" go through such a difficulty.