'Promising readings': Damar Hamlin appears to be making progress, says family rep

'Promising readings': Damar Hamlin appears to be making progress, says family rep
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed following a tackle while playing against the Cincinnati Bengals (@d.ham3/Instagram)

CINCINNATI, OHIO: Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin appears to be making progress from his critical condition after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field on Monday night, according to his family representative and friend Jordon Rooney. Doctors saw promising signs overnight in the player's health, as per the update shared with ESPN's Coley Harvey on Wednesday morning, January 4.

The tragic on-field incident took place during his game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, 2023. Leaving the game suspended for the evening, Hamlin was immediately taken to the University of Cincinnati Hospital. The collapse took place when the player got on his feet after he tackled Tee Higgins and then stood up. In the next few seconds, the Buffalo Bills safety passed out.

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Harvey wrote on Twitter that “as per Jordon and Damar’s family, doctors overnight got promising readings that they had been hoping to see by this morning. Jordon couldn’t go into specifics, but progress appears to be made,” and added that the NFL star is currently sedated and in critical condition in the ICU. 

He also wrote on Twitter, “there was only one instance at Paycor Stadium,” referring to Rooney updating him that there has been "miscommunication" in the number of times the player was resuscitated on the field. On Tuesday night, January 3, Dorrian Glenn, Hamlin's uncle told CNN that it was at the hospital where he was resuscitated for the second time.

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Talking to NFL Network on Tuesday, Glenn expressed how “tremendous” it is “to see all the love and support” for the 24-year-old. He said that “a lot of people don’t get a chance to see how loved they are while they’re alive, so for him to have a situation where he could have been taken away and he has a chance to come back and see all that love that he got, it’s truly an amazing thing and I can’t wait for him to see all the love and support that people have for him, not just around the area, but around the country and the world, it’s been amazing.”

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“My nephew’s so humble. He’s going to truly be floored. He’s going to be floored, he’s going to be in disbelief, but I mean, he’s shown so much love, he’s shown so much care and compassion, so, it should reciprocate back to him cause he’s a genuine guy, a positive guy. He comes from a distressed neighborhood as we come from, you can choose to be a negative impact or you could be a positive impact, and my nephew’s a positive impact all the time from his toy drive to his coaching clinics to his giveaways,” he added saying that the player will be taken aback based on his response to the support.

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Awaiting Hamlin's strong comeback, Glenn said, “He’s always coming through and trying to be a positive impact for the kids and that type of influence that you can have, I hope he creates ten more Damar Hamlins that can come out and be inspirational to the generations behind them.”

Since the news of Hamlin's on-field incident broke out, the NFL community has gathered to offer their support. Higgens, who was tackled by Hamlin led the outpouring of prayers and well wishes for the Buffalo Bills' safety, as he tweeted that he "prays Hamlin will pull through" his condition. Hamlin, who has set up a charity toy drive working along with Rooney, to raise money for his local community has been receiving donations from thousands of fans with over $6 million raised as of Wednesday morning.

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“Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. Please keep Damar in your prayers,” read a statement issued by Hamlin's family on Tuesday morning, expressing gratitude to the Bills and Bengals organizations, his fans, and also to medical personnel and first responders.

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