UNITED STATES: After making a tackle on Monday night, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest. The horrifying incident caused the NFL to cancel the crucial game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The game quickly lost its significance as a result of the frightening scene that took place in front of a national television audience.
The Buffalo Bills stated that following a hit in their game against the Bengals, Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest. The team added that the paramedic crew restored Hamlin’s heartbeat on the field.
The medical team transferred Damar Hamlin to the UC Medical Center for further diagnosis and treatment. He is currently unconscious and listed as critical.
The paramedics administered CPR to Damar Hamlin on the field
Hamlin was shielded from view by teammates as they surrounded him. While Hamlin was treated on the site by the team, independent, and local paramedics, many people were crying and praying.
A rescue vehicle took Damar Hamlin to the College of Cincinnati Clinical Center. Stefon Diggs, a teammate, later went to see Hamlin in the hospital, where fans of both teams prayed and held candles.
Hamlin suffered an injury while tackling Bengals receiver Tee Higgins on a play that appeared to be routine and didn’t seem particularly violent.
Tee Higgins was running with the ball on a 13-yard pass from his teammate when he drove with his right shoulder, hitting Hamlin in the chest.
Hamlin then dragged Higgins to the ground by wrapping his arms around him. Hamlin quickly rose to his feet and appeared to be adjusting his face mask with his right hand. About three seconds later, he fell backwards and remained motionless.
Damar Hamlin was down for almost 19 minutes while receiving treatment on the field. According to media reports, Hamlin required an Automated External Defibrillator in addition to CPR on the field.
Although it is too soon to determine what caused Hamlin’s heart to stop, a rare type of trauma known as “Commotio Cordis” is one possibility, according to cardiac specialists.
When a strong blow to the chest causes the heartbeat to tremble, sudden cardiac arrest is called Commotio Cordis.
Dr Rod Passman, Director of the centre for Arrhythmia research at Northwestern University, said that Commotio Cordis happens when a sharp blow lands directly over the heart “at the exact wrong location at the exact wrong timing” during the heartbeat cycle.
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