The White House extended prayers to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin after the 22-year-old suffered cardiac arrest in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hamlin remains in critical condition and the NFL suspended play following the injury. It was a moment of shock and sadness for the Bills organization and the NFL community.
Hamlin’s family released a statement expressing gratitude for the love and support they have received. They said, “We appreciate all the prayers, love and support that has been shown to Damar and our entire family. We ask for continued prayers and respect for our privacy as we focus on Damar’s recovery.”
Some medical experts have suggested that Hamlin suffered commotio cordis, wherein blunt force trauma to the chest causes the heart to stop beating. The NFL faced criticism for the length of time it took to postpone the remainder of the game. Many argued that the league should have acted faster to ensure the safety of their players.
The incident has sparked a discussion about the safety of players in the NFL. The league has been criticized for its handling of concussion protocols and player safety. In a statement, the NFL said, “The safety of our players is our primary concern. We are committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our players on and off the field.”
The NFL and medical experts have been working together to address the issue of player safety. The league is looking into implementing changes to ensure the safety of players and prevent similar injuries from occurring.
The thoughts and prayers of the NFL community remain with Damar Hamlin and his family. Everyone is hoping for a speedy recovery and for Hamlin to return to the field as soon as possible.