As Buffalo Bills participant Damar Hamlin stays in vital situation after struggling a mid-game cardiac arrest, his childhood buddy and highschool teammate, Indianapolis Colts security Rodney Thomas II, says there’s “no doubt in my mind” that Hamlin will recuperate.
Thomas drove on to the hospital the place Hamlin was being handled Monday night time, the place he mentioned Hamlin lay sedated after being rushed from the sphere in the course of the Bills’ recreation in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I know he could hear me,” Thomas mentioned whereas talking to reporters Wednesday. He mentioned he was capable of be within the room with Hamlin and maintain his hand. “Even if he couldn’t hear me, it didn’t matter. I said what I had to say.”
The pair, who turned shut pals whereas teammates at their Pittsburgh highschool, spoke each day and had talked earlier Monday earlier than Hamlin’s collapse.
“It calmed me way down,” Thomas mentioned of seeing his buddy. “It made the trip home a lot easier. I could go home and know he’s gonna be straight. I got him. We all got him. Everybody’s behind him.”
Hamlin stays below intensive care on the College of Cincinnati Medical Middle following his collapse in the course of the first quarter of Monday night time’s recreation, although he has been exhibiting “signs of improvement” his group mentioned in a statement Wednesday.
His heartbeat was restored on the sphere, the Bills have said, earlier than he was carried from the stadium in an ambulance whereas shocked and visibly emotional gamers and followers seemed on. Hamlin is on a ventilator and was “flipped over on his stomach” within the hospital to assist relieve a few of the pressure on his lungs, his uncle Dorrian Glenn advised CNN Tuesday.
Since his hospitalization, Hamlin has obtained a nationwide outpouring of assist from followers and gamers throughout the sports activities world, together with greater than $7 million donated to his basis’s toy drive GoFundMe as of Thursday morning. A number of athletes have donned Hamlin’s quantity, 3, or his jersey whereas groups throughout the league have honored him by means of jumbotron messages and lightweight shows at their stadiums.
The Bills-Bengals recreation was postponed after Hamlin’s collapse with the Bengals main 7-3. The NFL is discussing how one can deal with the unfinished recreation – which won’t be continued this week – however has but to announce a technique.
Initially thought to be an vital late-season matchup with vital playoff implications, the showdown averaged 21.1 million viewers on ESPN throughout gameplay, in line with Nielsen scores. After Hamlin’s collapse, viewers grew to a historic 23.9 million, making the telecast probably the most watched “Monday Night Football” in ESPN historical past.
It’s nonetheless unclear what brought on Hamlin’s cardiac arrest, however NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills mentioned the league will examine what might have led to the participant’s collapse in the course of the recreation.
Any time a participant is evacuated from the sphere, the NFL and its medical consultants carry out an in depth overview of what occurred, Sills defined on a name with reporters Wednesday. In addition they study the function protecting gear could have performed, he mentioned.
In some circumstances, Sills mentioned, the medical group won’t be able to find out what brought on the issue.
The physician additionally addressed theories that the cardiac arrest might have been attributable to commotio cordis, which happens when extreme trauma to the chest disrupts the guts’s electrical cost, inflicting harmful fibrillations.
“You have to have the right type of blow hitting at the right spot on the chest with the right amount of force at just the right time in that cardiac cycle. So a lot of things have to line up for that to happen,” he mentioned, emphasizing that whereas it’s potential, investigators will think about all choices.
Sills attributed the “transformational response” of medical personnel when Hamlin collapsed to the “60-minute meeting” that’s held amongst medical groups and NFL officers earlier than each recreation. In the course of the assembly, groups establish the situation of medical gear and close by medical facilities, and set up a sequence of command in case of an emergency, together with cardiac arrest, amongst different issues.
Hamlin’s collapse is the newest in a string of current tragedies which have struck the neighborhood of Buffalo and and its beloved soccer group, together with a racist mass capturing and a historic blizzard that left at the least 41 individuals lifeless in Erie County, New York.
A high-ranking official inside the Bills group advised CNN’s Coy Wire that they broke down in tears after day and night-long conferences on Tuesday, sobbing due to the heaviness of the scenario.
The sequence of inauspicious blows to Buffalo have emotionally piled up inside the group, the supply mentioned, including that by means of all of it, the group has tried to be a supply of energy for the town, the supply tells Wire.
The supply pointed to the efficiency of Buffalo Sabres hockey ahead Tage Thompson on Tuesday night time as a “glimmer of hope” at a time when the group wants inspiration.
Hamlin’s jersey quantity, 3, was a recurring motif all through the sport, performed on January 3. Thompson’s three objectives throughout extra time introduced the Sabres a win. It was Thompson’s third hat trick of the season and his third purpose got here fortuitously within the third minute of extra time.
The Sabres additionally wore “Love for 3” t-shirts honoring Hamlin earlier than the sport.