Damar Hamlin’s family are staying positive.
On Monday night, football fans were horrified when the 24-year-old Buffalo Bills player collapsed on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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After CPR was administered on the field, Hamlin was rushed to hospital where he was determined to have suffered a cardiac arrest following a tackle, and remains in critical condition.
On Tuesday, Hamlin’s publicist Jordon Rooney appeared on “Good Morning America” to share an update about the situation.
“He’s fighting. He’s a fighter.” — @jordonr, a family spokesperson for Damar Hamlin, shares an update after the Buffalo Bills player collapsed on the field on Monday night. https://t.co/UJDqTL9GDk pic.twitter.com/9P5G8dCfUs
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 3, 2023
Rooney said that the football player was rushed to hospital with his mother Nina by his side, and that he is “fighting,” but remains sedated and in a critical condition, though his family are still “worried” about him.
“I needed to provide some clarity – he was awake at that time – now he is sedated. The family is in good spirits, we’re just taking it minute by minute,” Rooney explained.
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“His family is strong, supportive. Obviously they are worried. Damar is very close with his family,” the publicist continued. “There’s definitely been a lot of fans [at the hospital], a lot of traction, people coming by. But what’s most important is to give the family their privacy.”
He went on, “A lot of times you don’t view [athletes] as human, you know you watch them on TV. It’s important to remember this is a person.”
In a tweet Monday night, Rooney had informed fans, “His vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat. They are currently running tests. We will provide updates as we have them.”