Damar Hamlin’s name will unfortunately forever be synonymous with arguably the most horrifying injury to ever happen on an NFL football field after the Bills safety nearly died before millions of watching eyes Monday night.
With six minutes left in the first quarter of MNF’s highly anticipated matchup between two of the AFC’s best, the 24-year-old landed on the helmet of Bengals’ Tee Higgins during a tackle of the WR. After momentarily standing up after the play and appearing to be totally fine, Hamlin suddenly collapsed backwards to the turf in what the Bills have now announced was a cardiac arrest.
Hamlin’s heart stopped, with the medical staff needing to apply chest compressions, a defibrillator, and oxygen to restart his heartbeat and also allow him to breathe.
For over ten minutes, medics worked on Hamlin on-site while an ambulance awaited for his eventual departure to the University of Cincinnati medical center for further treatment.
The Bills safety remains in critical condition is sedated in order to allow a breathing tube to help regulate his breathing.