The family of American football player Demer Hamlin, who suffered a heart attack during an NFL game, has asked supporters to keep him in their prayers.
In a statement, his family expressed their “sincere gratitude for the love and support” shown to him during “this difficult time” and thanked the first responders and hospital staff in Cincinnati.
He added: “We have been overwhelmed by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country.”
Buffalo Bills defensive back Fell on the field And he was given CPR for about 10 minutes after being injured after a tackle during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
He collided with Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. He then managed to get to his feet and appeared to adjust his helmet, but then fell backwards and lay motionless.
The Bulls said the 24-year-old’s heart stopped before his heartbeat was “reestablished” on the pitch by medical staff.
His football shirt was cut off, and he was reportedly given oxygen.
Hamlin was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment, the Bulls said on their official Twitter account.
“He is currently unconscious and listed in critical condition,” the club said.
His family added: “We also want to acknowledge the first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who provided exceptional care to Damar.
“We feel very fortunate to be a part of the Buffalo Bills organization and to have their support. We also want to thank Coach (Zach) Taylor and the Bengals for all they have done.
“Your generosity and compassion means the world to us. Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will release updates as we have them.”
During the incident, Higgins led with his right shoulder, which hit the defensive back in the chest.
Hamlin then wrapped his arms around Higgins’ shoulders and helmet and dragged him down.
The event led to an increase in donations for a charity drive established by Hamlin two years ago to buy toys for children in need.
Bulls players and staff prayed together on the field as an ambulance took Hamlin to the hospital.
His teammates were given a standing ovation by the fans and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the game had been suspended following the incident.
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