‘They brought him back to life’: Damar Hamlin’s uncle gives update on nephew’s health
Damar Hamlin’s uncle gave an update on his nephew’s health Tuesday, also sharing the harrowing details surrounding the efforts to save the Buffalo Bills safety’s life.
Dorrian Glenn said Hamlin is on a ventilator, but has improved from needing 100% oxygen to just needing 50%. “He’s still sedated but main focus is recovering to breathe on his own & healing lungs,” NFL Network reporter Cameron Wolfe added from his interview with Glenn.
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Hamlin needed to be resuscitated twice after collapsing on the field during Monday Night Football’s standoff between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, Glenn told CNN. “His heart had went out so they had to resuscitate him twice. They resuscitated him on the field before they brought him to the hospital and then they resuscitated him a second time when they got him to the hospital.”
“I’m not a crier, but I’ve never cried so hard in my life. Just to know like my nephew basically died on the field and they brought him back to life,” the 24-year-old safety’s uncle added.
Glenn said the doctors have kept his nephew sedated in order to try and optimize the healing process. “We are just taking it day by day. It seems like he’s trending upwards in a positive way,” Glenn said, asking people to continue sending prayers for Hamlin.
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The family of Hamlin released a statement earlier in the day on Tuesday thanking fans for their support. “On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time. We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words, and donations from fans around the country,” the statement said.
“We also want to acknowledge the dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who have provided exceptional care to Damar,” the statement continued. “We feel so blessed to be a part of the Buffalo Bills organization and to have their support. We also want to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals for everything they’ve done.”
Fans have donated nearly $6 million to a charity toy drive fund that was established by Hamlin. Niagara Falls was lit up in blue Tuesday night in support of Hamlin and the Bills.